And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified—behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!” John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.
Because I didn’t get married until the age of 34 ( which seemed ANCIENT at the time!), I served as maid of honor in several weddings. It’s kind of a special role. You have certain responsibilities, special tasks to do for the bride.
But every maid of honor knows that it’s not “her day” to shine.
It’s the bride’s.
And the same goes for the best man.
He also understands that this day is ALL about the bride and groom.
John gets this concept, too. He knows his role is to support the groom, and maybe give a nice speech or two.
He accepted and WELCOMED the time when Jesus would “go public” in His ministry, and had a clear understanding that, even though JOHN had been the celebrity in town, when Jesus arrived that would all change.
He would, in essence, begin to disappear in the shadows of Jesus!
And to John, that was an awesome thing.
You know, my abilities, my energy, and my talents have been tampered with by the things that have happened to me.
And sometimes, I still wonder,
“What should I be doing for the Kingdom?”
“What is my grand purpose?”
“Since I can’t really do ‘this’ anymore, what should I be doing instead?”
Sometimes I get more wrapped up in MY role in the story than I do about the “STORY” itself!
Often, I am like John’s disciples, whining about someone else stepping into “my gift area”, or doing the things I thought I was supposed to do.
Please don’t tell me I’m the only one!😊
While we should all strive to have a sense of what God has called each of us to do, we should never let any of those desires ever become greater than Jesus Himself, and His desire to be known by all.
It’s tough for us humans to think like John did.
Desiring to become LESS so someone else could be
But there is beauty in becoming less.
Beauty in disappearing….
Beauty in the destruction of all of these “positions” or roles we once thought we deserved….
Beauty in becoming less and less…
‘Til we all but vanish
And all that is left is…