Sunday, December 17, 2017

2nd Cousin of Jesus

We all have dreams.
Goals.
Desires, wants, secrets we carry. A little hope maybe. Hope for a better job, life....future. Maybe you are happy with your journey. Maybe you are satisfied with what you have. Maybe you are too tired to care, or maybe you just want to be seen, or heard.

Desires are good. We all got' em. Goals are good too....we work for those. Although we tend to be more interested in instant gratification, instead of the work it takes to accomplish our mission. We want longer, stronger, thicker hair now...or for some of us, just hair. We want to lose 20 lbs in a week and want a 'new spouse or kid by Friday.' Yeah, I get it. But there is value in working for it.

But, what if....
What if your whole life....your existence....your 'reason for being'.....was just to introduce someone else.

What if you would only ever be the opening act, instead of the main event?

Now I know you introverts are saying, yeah, that's okay.....but no. I mean, your own personal stuff...doesn't really exist. Yes, you are born, you grow up, you have wants and dreams like all the other kids maybe...but they don't matter. You have one job. Introduce someone else.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you John the Baptist.
It does say that he was filled with the Holy Spirit in the womb...but, he was human.

He grows up, get some guys together, and gets on a pretty good preaching circuit, changing lives, baptizing people....making a difference.....only to have the main event show up and steal his thunder. (and technically, eventually the sons of thunder, but that's another story altogether)
Since he was human, like us, he was a sinner, like us. All of the things I described above, would be a part of him as well.
And yet, this guy.....in that moment, saw the bigger picture.....understood the bigger picture.  When his disciples got a bit disjointed as Jesus came on the scene, he merely told them....."I told you I wasn't the guy.....I'm just the guy, before the Big Guy."....or something to that effect.
No jealousy....no working out 'territories' so they wouldn't 'bump' into each other preaching. None of that.
He must increase, and I must decrease.

How many times do we say that in a day....not many, my friend, not many. We need to say it more. We need to believe it too.
God's been working on me. I mean He does all the time...but there are seasons....seasons of dying to self.....giving up my expectations and will....to receive His.
 Im in that space. It's painful. It's ...well...dying. And it gets easier, don't get me wrong.
 But again, I am human.
And if I have to die to self, I'm thankful that He is so gentle with me. He knows how easily I break, how easily I scare, and how easily I shrink back. Ever so gentle.

He must increase.......and I must decrease.

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