A number of years ago, an elderly lady in our church told me why she refused her friends invitation to attend a meeting at which there was a very well-known visiting preacher. ‘His name is bigger than Jesus’ on the poster’, she said! Her insight told me a lot about the lady (and sadly all too much about the preacher). I was reminded of this woman’s godly and sacrificial example when reading the testimony of John the Baptist this morning.
The Evangelist records a conversation between John and his own disciples. John’s followers appear to be seriously perturbed that ‘Everyone is going over to him (Jesus), instead of coming to us’ (John 4:26). John’s view however is markedly different. In response he replies ‘‘It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the bridegroom’s friend is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.’ (John 3:29-30)
Isn’t that wonderful? John was thrilled with what was happening. Why? Because the very essence of his ministry was to point people to Jesus in order that he, Jesus and not John, would receive the glory.
In light of this passage, I want to encourage you to live your life in such a way that people are constantly pointed by you to Jesus. Furthermore, I encourage you to pray the prayer that appears to be a summary of John’s desire; that He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.’
Every blessing, Gareth