March 11, 2014

Don’t look at me

Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 6:55 pm

John 1:8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

If there was ever a model for how to balance fame and following You, it was John.  He had the attention of all Jerusalem.  Whether they believed him or not, the people were certainly flocking to see and hear him.  That’s a dangerous place to be.  When the message draws a crowd, it’s easy to start focussing on that crowd and giving them what they want.  There’s a big temptation to maintain approval at the cost of purpose.  Ego overtakes mission.

John seemed to have a very clear sense of self – who he was and, even more importantly, who he wasn’t.  His very existence was to point people to Jesus.  There was no false modesty when he denied being the Christ.  He chose not to trade his eternal purpose for temporary worship.  He was happy to lose all his followers if it meant that they followed Jesus instead.

John 1:35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.

I don’t have a platform like John.  I don’t have crowds hanging on my every word.  There’s a small handful of people who might read my words or hear me speak.  Even that can be a temptation to gain attention and approval.  I want to use any opportunity to communicate wisely, not to promote myself but to point straight to You.

Lord give me a clear sense of who I’m not and who You are.



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