“Let me lay it out for you as plainly as I can: No one in history surpasses John the Baptizer, but in the kingdom he prepared you for, the lowliest person is ahead of him. (Luke 7:28 MSG)
I tell you, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of God is greater than he is!” (Luke 7:28 NLT)
I was in a series of meetings between February and March where God was opening my eyes to see that no one’s task is in any way greater than or superior to that of another. All tasks culminate to the glory of God and not any man,
John the Baptist was said to be the greatest of all Prophets though he never performed any miracles like Moses, Elisha and others but he pointed people to Christ.
How can a man whose major task was preaching and baptizing people be rated as superior to that of another who was raising the dead and healing the sick? He never stopped rain. He didn’t part the sea. His dead body did not raise the dead. In fact, he was beheaded.
What made John superior to the rest? His entire message was about the coming Christ. He magnified Jesus above himself. “He is the messenger Malachi announced when he wrote, I’m sending my messenger on ahead to make the road smooth for you.” (Luke 7:27 MSG). John said, “He must increase, but I must decrease. [He must grow more prominent; I must grow less so.]” (John 3:30)
In one of those meetings I attended, the minister was explaining that a biblical Minor Prophet is not inferior to a Major Prophet; it’s all about the volume of the book he covered. The entire scripture is about Jesus himself not about how superior a man is to another.
A lot of times, someone else’s task appear superior to yours because the person is sent or given the ability. When a one-talent man begins to feel like he is really not as gifted as a 3-talent man, he/she is getting God’s equation wrong.
In another meeting I attended, a Music Minister was rated to be more anointed than others because the genre of his songs is about fire. I love his music too but that does not make him superior to those whose music is majorly worship or encouragement. Everyone’s assignment is important as he is sent. The error that may exude is every other Music Minister abandoning his calling so as to sing like the one who is praised.
We’re not, understand, putting ourselves in a league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. We wouldn’t dare do that. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point. (2 Corinthians 10:12)