I’m encouraged this morning from reading Matthew 3, reminded that God does not look upon man from the outside, but He looks at the heart.
John was a bushman. A wild lad who looked like he just returned from a walkabout in the Aussie outback. Verse 4 says it like this, "John’s clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey.” Visually, I imagine he was a sight to behold… and likely his smell was also something to remember. However he had a heart that was tuned to God, an intimacy with the Creator such that God would reveal the secrets of heaven and allow him to proclaim the forecoming of Jesus.
“I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am— so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”
God chose this rugged man to perform one of the most sacred Christian rituals on His son, Jesus' baptism. This moment would not only signify the beginning of Jesus earthly ministry, but it was a prophetic anointing and proclamation of who Jesus was. God spoke from heaven and and declared Jesus as his dearly loved Son. Wow!
I’m sure in that moment John the Baptist was both humbled and in awe, a simple bushman baptizing the Son of Yahweh, God almighty.
God looks at the heart, not at outwardly appearances. He wants to use you in powerful ways, just like he did with John. May you walk in intimacy with God today.