You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.’ 29 It is the bridegroom who gets the bride, yet the bridegroom’s friend, who merely stands by and listens for him, is overjoyed to hear the bridegroom’s voice. That’s why this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must become more important, but I must become less important.”
Today’s devotional is going to be short and sweet. John the Baptist could not have said it better. He told them that he was not the Messiah and that he was just there to lead the way for him. John knew who Jesus was and was not only happy, but excited about His ministry. John not only showed humility, but leadership in the fact that he knew someone else was meant to finish the work he was starting.
When reading over the scriptures it shows me that not only did John understand their depth, but lived them as well. It took great humility to understand he had to decrease his importance and submit to another. This is an amazing lesson for those in ministry or any leadership position. It is easy to get tempted to focus more on your development and fail to focus on those under you.
One must not constantly boast about their accomplishments and achievements. When you focus too much on yourself, may times you tend to lose sight on who put you where you currently are. This is a mistake I have seen many times before in the past and I made when a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps. I fell into the rut of showing off my accomplishments and when I finally realized what I had done, God gave me the opportunity to fix myself and devote a majority of my time in developing my subordinates so they could not only handle my position, but many more higher than mine.
Another lesson I want you to take away from this is that we are not immortal. We are here to learn and help build those around us to spread the word about Jesus and when it is time, let them take the reigns when they are ready to lead. This is why we need to dedicate ourselves not only to humbly serving others, but building up new leaders to take our place when we are gone. This takes a lot of humility to do this, but if John the Baptist can do it, so can each and everyone of us.
So before you boast about yourself, look around to see what is going on in your ministry. Sometimes we are called to pave the way for others to become more and more; making ourselves less and less. Pride is the only thing that can hinder this process and pride does not come from our Heavenly Father. So please take this lesson to heart and reflect on your past and current actions in ministry. If you are spending more time focused on yourself instead of letting the Holy Spirit guide you to serve others personal and spiritual growth, then you need to look in the mirror and think about this lesson John the Baptist showed us in this scripture.