Micah has the Lord tell God's messenger, “See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me.” John the Baptist is that messenger. But John would not be our example for how to win friends and influence people! Listen again to how he greets his visitors: “John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers!” Not how we'd like to be greeted at any time or any place.
Many of you know that our daughter Christa is a manager at Wal-Mart in Arizona-- soon to transfer to a store near Chicago. She has to manage employees, including those who work as greeters. Listen to this greeter's story. Charles was a new retiree/greeter at her Wal-Mart. But he just couldn't seem to get to work on time. Every day he was 5, 10, 15 minutes late. But he was a good worker, really tidy, clean-shaven, sharp-minded and a real credit to the company.
Christa pulled him aside for a talk. "Charles, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a great job when you finally get here, but your being late so often is quite bothersome."