38. A man can receive only what is given him from heaven (John 3:27).
Some perceive John’s ministry as being diminished by the rise of Jesus’ ministry. No longer is the Baptist the desert draw he had once been, but now Jesus and His healing miracles are drawing the crowds. How does John respond? John expresses no sense of threat in this, but seems content to do the work God has gifted him to do, while also rejoicing in the ministry his cousin is demonstrating. A leader must not covet the ministry of another, but learn to be content in what he is gifted to do.