When he was a child, Little Tommy was fascinated as he stood in the back yard and watched airplanes get smaller and smaller as they disappeared over the horizon. He would stand motionless, sometimes even holding his breath, as he watched this amazing sight time after time.
Day after day, he would beg his grandmother to “take me flying on one of those airplanes.” Finally, the day came when his grandmother took him on his first flight. After he was buckled in his seat and the aircraft sped down the runway and began to ascend into the clouds, a puzzled look came across his face. Anxiously, he turned to his grandmother and asked quietly, “Grandmother, when do we start getting smaller?”
This question of Little Tommie is an essential question for all Christians!
John the Baptist played a most significant role in the ministry of Jesus. He realized that God gave Him a crucial role that no other person could fulfill: introduce His Son Jesus to the world. It was his primary purpose in life – and he did it well. God rewarded and blest him for his faithfulness in fulfilling the role he was assigned.
But, when Jesus appeared, John realized that his role in doing God’s work changed. Not only does his willingness to decrease in importance describe an example of what humility is, but it prescribes the role of every Christian today. We are to present God’s Message, the gift of His Son, our Savior, to others without drawing attention to ourselves.
Prayer: Lord, may we willingly step aside, as John did, as we present Your Son to the world. May we do what we do for You and You alone and desire to exalt Christ. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. John 3:30-36
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