John the baptizer was a man accustomed to “wide open spaces” to say the least (Luke 1:80). And I believe several personal characteristics came from his experience of living outside the “city limits” of Jerusalem…or any other area of Jewish pop-culture of the day for that matter. Of these characteristics was the obvious lack of concern for the wants of society.
With organic locusts and honey on his plate, and a camel-hair coat and leather belt for a wardrobe, I think it’s safe to say John wasn’t worried about keeping up with the Herod’s when it came to cuisine or clothing. John was more interested in God’s desire for his life than he was in trying to get God interested in some worldly desire.
Am I saying it’s wrong to have a closet with several changes of camel-hair-free clothing or a refrigerator with a steak in it? Nope. I’m not saying that at all.
What I am saying is that John was more interested in having an effect on his culture for God’s sake than he was in allowing his culture to influence his pursuits in life. And I’m saying that we could all learn the lesson that the wilderness no doubt helped to teach John – we will not take anything with us that our pop-culture considers to be so important when our body feeds the grass and the flowers that the locusts and bees enjoy.
“And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”” (Luke 12:15 NKJV)