Becoming Less

Posted by Dave Clayton on

John the Baptist was a pretty amazing dude. Periodically I try to think about what John the Baptist would look like in 2009. Would he still be sporting the Camel Hair Blazer, eating bugs, and preaching with the fire of a fundamentalist, small town, southern Baptist preacher? Who knows.

But I read a verse this afternoon that gives pretty amazing insight into the type of guy John the Baptist was.  The verse is simple, yet extraordinarily difficult to live out.

"He must become greater; I must become less." - John 3:30

Let that verse resonate for a moment. I love that verse because it gives us such insight into the type of man John was. Even when given the perfect opportunity (large crowds, devoted followers, long lines at the book signings) John the Baptist always shunned self advancement. Instead of pointing to himself, he pointed to Jesus.

For John, it was all about Jesus. He avoided the trap of self glorification. He knew that he was simply God's messenger, and robbing God of his glory was something that John was not interested in. In fact, when the crowds wanted to worship John, questioning whether or not he was the Messiah he said, "Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am -- so much so that I'm not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandals."

For those of you that are in positions of leadership, when the crowds swell, when your resume grows, when people suddenly are interested in your opinion -- how do you respond?

As I was reflecting on this verse I just started praying that God would help us to be like John. I pray that God will help us be people that give all the glory to God -- not simply with our lips, but with our lives.

Is it truly your desire to become less, so that Jesus can become greater in your life?

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