he is greater
By Michelle Darbonne
May 4, 2020
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I find the story about John the Baptist in our John passage for today to be really inspiring. John’s job was to prepare the way for Jesus, and the Bible tells us that he was really quite successful in that endeavor. By this time, John had a huge following of people who had listened to his message and taken it to heart. People knew who he was - even government rulers. This fascinating, nontraditional man had become quite a big deal - he was important.
Yet in this moment when he could have strayed, in spite of his fame and glory, John remained committed to his calling. He remembered it wasn’t about his own ministry; his time in the spotlight was coming to an end, and Jesus’ time had arrived. It was time for his followers’ focus to move from him to Someone else.
He says about Jesus, He must become greater; I must become less.
John’s commitment to making Jesus known is admirable -- his whole life was oriented towards paving the way for Jesus to work. His life wasn’t about him; his purpose was to point to the greatest Someone the world would ever know.
As Christ-followers, our lives ought to point to the greatest Someone as well. As we reflect on the parts of our lives that magnify Jesus versus the parts that take away from Him, I pray that we will be able to make Jesus greater and greater to the world around us.
He must become greater; I must become less.
May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works
— Psalm 104:31
Prayer to start with: Our loving heavenly father what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom, you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures. They all depend on you to give them food as they need it. When you supply it, they gather it. You open your hand to feed them, and they are richly satisfied. But if you withdraw your presence, they are dismayed. When You take away their breath, the life goes out of them, and they become, again, the dust of the earth from which you formed them at the start. But when you send out your breath, new life is created, and the face of the earth is made beautiful and is renewed. God, may Your glorious presence linger among us forever. May You rejoice in all that you have created. Amen.