Friday, January 17, 2014

When You Shine

“Don’t shine so others can see you.  Shine so that, through you, others can see him.”  -C.S. Lewis

John the Baptist grew a large following of disciples that were very loyal to him.  When Jesus arrived on the scene, however, instantaneously he drew attention away from John and onto himself.  Never for one second was John envious of Jesus’ fame.  Rather he had always known that his job was to prepare the way for Jesus, and he said that he wasn’t even worthy to untie the sandals from Jesus’ feet.  As John famously touted, “He must become, and I must become less.”  Anything that doesn’t turn into praise turns into pride so make it your life’s mission to bring fame to Jesus’ name.  What’s perhaps more interesting is the way Jesus describes John the Baptist, saying there is nobody on earth greater than him!  The lesson here is simple: When you honor God he will always honor you. 

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less (John 3:30, NLT).

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