Reference text : John 1:19-28
John 1:21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
Many relationship and dating experts often allude to what could become one of the biggest deal breakers in every relationship, regardless of how old it may be. They say that for any couple who have moved on from a previous relationship, one of the biggest ‘must nots’ is to compare your current partner with any before. Though this may not be done ‘obviously’, subconsciously, people still tend to do some comparison.
In the Gospel of John today, the comparison is being done in the clear view of the public and the one being used as the standard is Elijah, a prophet held in high esteem by the Jews. This could mean one of two things: John may have really done something to actually merit that comparison, or he could feel inferior if he did not measure up to those standards against which he was being compared.
My dear, Elijah may have left a legacy that will be spoken of till the end of age, yet, John refused to just accept that as the gold standard. It would have been a great honour to be associated with a man of that status, but he had another standard to live up to- that of God. The standards of man are limited to known achievements of others, but that of God are unlimited.
His standards, are the gold standard against which all other measures should be taken. So, if there be any comparison to make, you know the standard of measurement to employ.
Remember # There is only one gold standard for living our lives: that of God.