It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” John 1:27
John the Baptist thought of himself as unworthy to untie the thong of Jesus’ sandal, yet Jesus described John as the greatest prophet who ever lived. Then we read that those in the kingdom (me) are even greater than John!
Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. Matthew 11:11
This “depth chart” is difficult to understand, to say the least. Frankly, I’m just happy to be in the lineup.
While I should adopt John’s posture of unworthiness, Jesus grants me “bold” access into his throne room.
In whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. Ephesians 3:12
By virtue of my standing in him, then, in this “spiritual” economy, I’ve achieved “greatness.”
To play it safe, though, I think it’s best for me to still approach the Lord’s throne with fear and trepidation, albeit on two feet.