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“He must become greater; I must become less.”
I’m sure you remember John The Baptist, who baptized many people back in the Bible times, including the Lord Jesus. John The Baptist’s job was to pave the way for the Savior and show people the way to repentance. Many people were baptized by him.
We might think highly of John the Baptist for all the good he did, but he would point our way to the Christ and show us who really matters, the man who truly belongs under the spotlight: Jesus Christ.
There was this time in the Bible when Jesus himself started baptizing people and John The Baptist didn’t have that many people coming over to him. Some of his disciples brought up this problem to John the Baptist. They said, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”
And John replied and said this to them: “A man can receive only what is given to 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. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3, NIV 1984)
John the Baptist compared himself to being the best man, or simply a friend, of the bridegroom. He’s just a helper to the bridegroom. Seeing the bridegroom’s joy means the world to him. He knows the show is not about the best man, but the bride and bridegroom, even though this passage is only talking about the bridegroom.
Likewise, what he is doing is just a ministry, which is reflecting the glory to Christ and Christ alone. He’s just preparing hearts for the coming of the Lord. The glory doesn’t belong to him, but to Jesus. John the Baptist isn’t working for his own good, but for the good of Christ.
All of us Christians are called to be missionaries for Christ, even if we don’t make the church ministry our full time job. We are called to win souls to Christ and advance the kingdom in different ways. But for those in the ministry, we need to remember who we’re really doing it for. I know, sometimes our focus can get mixed and screwed up, but we should catch ourselves before it gets out of hand.
But also God should get the glory in our everyday jobs! Remember Colossians 3:23 & 24 that says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.”
Isn’t that something? Even our normal, everyday jobs are for the glory of the Lord! We are supposed to do it for him! We are to work as if he were the boss of the school we work at, the boss of the newspaper company, and the boss of the grocery store. Even as if he were the principal of the school that students attend! When we do that, then we learn how to let God come in the picture front and center. God should be part of everything we do.
Here’s something else to consider, there are many ministries out there sharing the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The thing is that competition may arise. One ministry can soon want to get all the glory and attention that they may lose focus on what really matters. That’s something that can happen at times. It’s important to be grounded in the Word of God to stay on track and to remember his will. John The Baptist acknowledged that “all ministry and blessing come from God,” as Warren Wiserbe puts it. Because the ministry is a gift from God, God alone should get the glory. (In fact, ministries and churches should work together!)
As I mentioned before, it’s silly for the best man (or other wedding helpers) to take over the show. Our joy should belong from seeing Jesus’ smile when he sees we have done a job done well.
Joy can be defined as Jesus first, others second, and yourself last. That’s spells JOY. So it really should be, “My name is Christopher Patti, and I am third.”
Putting Jesus first in our lives is a tough job to do, huh? It sounds easy to truly give Jesus your all, but it really isn’t. How easy is it for someone to take over a show that you hoped to run? Many Christians will start with giving God partial control of their lives, but that’s not what God wants. He wants you not later, but now. He wants you not partially, but wholly. It really does sound simple, but it doesn’t seem so at times.
We, as humans, always want to do it our way. I don’t know why, but we pretty much think that our way is better. And it may seem like God will tell us to do some pretty ridiculous things, like build an ark. But we saw later on in the story that God had a good reason why he wanted that ark to be built. We should always trust God in everything. We should trust that he has the best plan for our lives and that he will direct our story perfectly. We will just be a pen in his hand.
If one doesn’t surrender his whole life to God, then that’s a sign of him not trusting God. It’s saying, “God, your way sounds interesting, even a little weird, but I think I like my way better.”
The unsaved may seem to be successful, but they don’t know that true success is really just following God. In the end, if they don’t change, then they will fail, whether now or in eternity.
If you can’t let God take control of your life, then God’s will cannot be accomplished in your life. You will miss out on many blessings here on earth and in heaven. In fact, some who haven’t surrendered their whole life to Christ may not be Christians because they don’t even show that they care.
Do we really care about what God wants for us? Do we really want to open up our lives to Christ and to what he has planned for us?
Are we willing to play the background? Step out of the spotlight and let God take over. It doesn’t matter what, if it is your company, your projects, your job, your family, your finances, or your life. God should be the center of everything.
If God is not first in your marriage, then your marriage will not experience true success. If God is not the center of your family, then your family will not experience true success. If God is not the center of your company, then your company will not experience true success. They will not experience God’s true blessings if He is not in the center of it.
I believe putting God first is something we all should work on. It’s something that I’ve been struggling with. I think that if we take this message to heart, then we can do amazing things for God. We just need to allow him to direct our lives.
In the end, John the Baptist, all those prophets, missionaries, and, yes, even Mary the mother of Jesus, were just people used by God who surrendered their lives to Christ and were just pens in his mighty hand. Let’s be a willing pen for God and let the ink flow when he asks for it.
So surrender your life to God and let him take center control.
It’s not that bad playing the background role after all.
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