I think it’s safe to say we all know weird people, and Normal is just a setting on the dryer. People are strange. They have idiosyncrasies, sometimes very original ideas, and overall have different versions of common sense. But there’s the weirdos who just stand out from everyone. Maybe you can picture that caricature from your favorite TV show. Like Kramer from Seinfeld. The person that stands out as more weird than anyone else. Keep that image in your mind, and let’s go to Matthew 3.
In Matthew 3, we find one such character who stands out radically. His name is John the Baptist.
The Bible tells us that, “John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.”
I’m going to invite you to come to the conclusions that Matthew didn’t mention this because it was the fashion at the time. Or that locusts and wild honey was everyone’s daily dietary regiment.
John the Baptist was a weirdo.
And Matthew was making sure you knew that. John’s weirdness didn’t stop him from helping multitudes of people. People flocked to him because he spoke the truth, and he wanted them to get right with God.
Isn’t that amazing?
It doesn’t matter what the fashion of the day is, Truth will never go out of style. God’s life-changing power will never be outdated.
I challenge you to take away two ideas from this picture.
First, God is willing to use people no matter what their fashion is.
And also, We should never reject a message solely because of a messenger. Never look down on someone because you think they do not follow fashion, or you think they’re really weird. If they speak the truth, hear them!
And one more thought, maybe you are that person who is a little awkward, maybe you don’t fit in well, or never seem to look the way people want. Know you’re not alone, and know that God wants to use you! God has a message for you to bring the world. He’s looking for people to proclaim it! He doesn’t want a picture perfect brand representative, He wants someone who will speak boldly for Him.
If he used John the Baptist in all his weirdness, I’m sure he can use you or I! 🙂
“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand . . . Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.” Matthew 3:1-2, 5-6