John, who came to be known as John the Baptist, had been faithfully fulfilling the mission that the Lord had placed on his life: John called people to “prepare the way of the Lord…to make straight the way for the Lord.” John raised his voice to teach people to acknowledge their sins, repent of those sins and be baptized as a way to prepare themselves—their minds, hearts and lives—for the coming of the Lord.
And Jesus did come. And there came a time for John to diminish, and for people to truly recognize that all that he did—all of the amazing, powerful, life-changing ministry that John had done—was all, and had always been, intended to point people to Jesus. Never to himself.
John knew this…and he had the holy humility to accomplish the purpose for which the Living God had chosen him: Direct people’s attention, and bring honor and glory, to Christ–the Messiah of the LORD. And in doing this, John knew great joy.
John replied, “A man can only receive what is given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice.
He must become greater; I must become less.”
May we each as God’s children, as ambassadors of Christ, know that same full joy as our lives humbly, wisely and powerfully reflect less of us…and more and more and more of Jesus in every way we think, speak and act…and in every relationship!
To Jesus Christ alone be all honor and glory! Amen!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane