Read: Start by reading John 1:24–27 out loud.
Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet? I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” —John 1:24–27 NIV
Meditate: In these verses, John did not belittle himself, but instead suggested that he knew his place in the kingdom of God. John explained that he baptized with water, but that someone greater already stood among them. John wanted the attention to be on the coming Savior Who was and Who is very worthy of praise.
Read John 1:24–27 again.
- Speak words of adoration to Jesus, Who is worthy of praise.
- Thank Jesus for giving us the right to be adopted into the family of God (John 1:12).
While being prideful is not condoned in Scripture, having a healthy sense of self-worth allows us to love more freely. It wouldn’t be fair to love our neighbors as we love ourselves when we don’t have appropriate love for ourselves. Perhaps that is why some people don’t show much love for others.
In the online course, Spiritual Formation as a Leader, Dr. Noel Forlini suggests, “When we trust that God will treat us kindly, we begin to treat ourselves kindly, too. Loving ourselves means acknowledging that God’s forgiveness is immediate; our self-forgiveness may take some time, and we are to treat ourselves kindly while we watch and wait.”
Notice: Take time to reflect on your childhood. Was your home a place of peace? Did you feel the love of God in your home? Take some time to pray for each of your family members today. Pray that they will grow in the knowledge of Christ. Also, take some time to pray about your own spiritual growth. Have you allowed Jesus to love every part of you?
Where do you find your self-worth? Is it in your talents, your good name, or your work ethic? Do you notice any areas where you have asked for God’s forgiveness but where you have not forgiven yourself? Do you have a healthy sense of self-worth while seeking Christ’s assessment rather than man’s?
Pray: As you put on your shoes today, thank God for sending Jesus as our Messiah, Who walked on this earth. Thank Him for the new life you received when you accepted Christ as your Savior. Ask Him to give you opportunities to share Jesus’ love as you go about your day.