Getting Out of the Way
He must become greater; I must become less. —JOHN 3:30
We've seen it happen many times. A leader's messages get large numbers of people stirred up, and it seems like he's the head of a great movement of God. But as the auditorium seats fill up week after week and the TV ratings skyrocket, something happens. He gets full of himself. It's less about God and more about him. Self-indulgence and sin are only a step away, and suddenly the nightly news is chronicling his fall.
That was not the way it was with John the Baptist, a preacher who attained the popularity of a rock star two thousand years ago. As rustic as was John's appearance (wearing an animal-skin robe), as challenging as was his message ("Repent!"), and as inconvenient as was his location (the desert), the people loved John. "The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him" (Mark 1:5). Many wondered if he might be the Messiah (see Luke 3:15).
John never let others' expectations carry him away. He knew that his God-given role was to point to Christ (see Mark 1:7). He got out of the way so Jesus, not John, could be glorified.
Help me learn to get out of the way, Lord, so that others (especially you!) might be more easily seen.
Dr. Gary Chapman is the beloved best-selling author of The Five Love Languages and Love as a Way of Life. For more information, click here.