“He must become greater; I must become less.” – John 3:30
Your life has purpose. You’re not here on Earth by accident, functioning as a pitiful pawn in some cosmic chess game. No, you have a divine destiny, shaped before the creation of the world by the holy hands of God.
John the Baptist knew from the beginning was his calling was – to prepare the way for the Messiah. John said about himself, “I am the voice of one calling in the desert. ‘Make straight the way of the Lord (John 1:23).’” Although John’s ministry attracted large crowds, he made it quite clear that he was not in business for himself. He passionately preached about repentance, urging people to confess their sins and to be baptized as an outer demonstration of the inward change in their hearts. By helping people understand their need for a Savior, he laid the groundwork necessary for them to receive salvation. When Jesus came to the place where John was baptizing believers, John saw him and declared, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29)!”
John the Baptist’s job was to point people to Jesus. His life purpose was to bring glory to God by declaring the truth about his Son. He wasn’t concerned about making himself look good. In fact, John humbly stated, “He must become greater; I must become less (John 3:30).”
Can I suggest that we are all Johns? Even though God’s plans for us may play out differently, we all share the same purpose – to point others to the Lord. We are to proclaim his salvation day after day and to bring glory to His holy Name. That is why we were created.
Let’s get busy, friends. We have a job to do.