Advent Devotional – Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – Who’s Larger-and-In-Charge in Your Life?
22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judæa; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. 23 And John also was baptizing in Ænon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. 24 For John was not yet cast into prison.
25 Then there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying. 26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. 27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. 28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. 29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease. – John 3:22-30
Jesus had just finished explaining to Nicodemus about spiritual birth and was now in the countryside with his disciples, baptizing. Well, that stirred the pot! John the Baptist‘s followers came running, whining that everyone was going to Jesus now. John would have no part of rivalry with Jesus. He told them plainly that he was not the Christ, but only the one sent to proclaim Him.
I admire John. There was no gray area, no hesitation. He might have been tempted to focus on himself and what ―his‖ followers meant to him in terms of popularity and self-promotion, but he didn‘t. He didn‘t just give lip-service to Jesus. He humbled himself to Jesus. He told his followers, “He must become greater; I must become less.”
What would change in our lives and attitudes if we followed John‘s example, putting aside our own pride and agendas and letting Jesus become greater?
Thank God that He has sent the Holy Spirit to guide and lead us closer to Him so that Jesus can become number one in our hearts and minds. How‘s that for the best gift ever?