John the Baptist was an amazing man of God. His words gave strength to people. His words put heart in them.
Of course, John’s words also offended the powerful. But John was faithful to the Message. His focus was on delivering God’s message of hope. He did not focus on who he would offend in the process.
God’s goal for us is to put heart in others.
May I have his same faithfulness. May I speak words that give people strength and heart.
So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison. | The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Luke 3:18–20). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
John the Immerser [baptizer] was faithful to the good news of Yeshua [Jesus]. He really aggravated the powers that be. Herod locked him up and beheaded him. None the less, John was faithful.
Faithfulness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. [Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.]
Since being faithful is a fruit, I know that fruit isn’t ripe to begin with. In fact, fruit starts as a seed, grows into a tree, blossoms, starts out small and then slowly ripens. Serving Jesus leads to faithfulness. It starts small and grows. I must start with small things to get trusted with more.
Faithfulness is seen as steadfast commitment to God in unwavering devotion
Jesus is clear about faithfulness. Jesus shows me that I must persevere if I am to be a part of His Kingdom, where He is in complete control. There can be no wavering. I should count the cost up front to be sure I will afford the journey.
- Luke 9:62 — But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.”
- Micah 4:5 — Though all the peoples walk each in the name of his god, As for us, we will walk In the name of the Master our God forever and ever.
- Revelation 2:10 — ‘Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
- Joshua 24:14–15 — “Now, therefore, fear the Master and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Master. “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Master, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Master.
On the one hand, therefore, he [John] was preaching many and different things as good news to the people by way of encouraging [them]. On the other hand, Herod the tetrarch, on being rebuked by him [John] concerning Herodias, the wife of his brother, and concerning all the evil things that Herod had done, added this too on top of all [those evil things]: he also locked John up in prison.
Source: Gundry, R. H. (2010). Commentary on the New Testament: Verse-by-Verse Explanations with a Literal Translation (p. 236). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.