2 Samuel 22
2 Samuel 23
2 Samuel 24
John 1: 19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders] in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”
21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’
In John the Baptist I think we see an attitude of humility and of dedication to the Lord’s mission. For John could have taken the adulation that came from being recognized as the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet (like Moses.) And we see that he refused the praise, focused on his mission, and continued proclaiming the coming of the Messiah.
My thought – while it is certainly acceptable to receive praise for the service we provide to the Lord, let us never forget that our true mission is not recognition – it is proclaiming the Gospel of Good News — the Messiah has come and He is coming again!