John And His Manner

John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. (John 1: 6)

His Fashion. John did not wear fine robes. His clothing was as rough as his message. He was a man of the desert and he dressed like a man of the desert.

His Food. John favored the food of the desert dwellers. He lived on such things as he could trust the Lord to provide. His diet was balanced. Locusts are protein and honey is carbohydrates. John the Baptist was a balanced man who was satisfied with the basics of life.

John the Baptist stepped out of the wilderness dressed in the rough garments of a prophet. He came to the people of Israel preaching with power!

John came with a strange appearance. He came with a strong message. He was out of step with his times. But God was with him. God used Him in an amazing way to carry out a powerful ministry.


It is all right to be different. We can dress differently. We can talk differently. We can live differently. The main thing is we walk with the Lord and honor Him.

It is all right if we don’t live as the world lives. It is all right if we don’t do the things the world does. It is all right to be different if the Lord Jesus has made us different!


We should never allow the world to force us into its mold (Rom. 12:1-2).

We should rather yield ourselves to the Lord, separate from this world (2 Cor. 6:17), and allow Him to mold us into His image!


We must never be ashamed of who we are.

And we must never be ashamed of who we are not!