The advance man did his job well. He drew attention center stage, clearly made the introduction, and then stepped backstage into the shadows. Such was the work of John the baptist.
"He must increase, but I must decrease." (John 3.30) John wasn't about preserving a name and reputation for himself; he was all about introducing God's Messiah, and then letting His light shine brightly. We do well to do the same.
"He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." (John 3.34-36)
Short and sweet, John's summary is spot on. Jesus speaks the word of God with the full authority of Yahweh God. He gives Holy Spirit from unlimited supply. Eternal life is determined by faith or rejection of Him.
John's role is really our role. We're the advance team, preparing for the return of Christ. The focus must be on Him, not us. It's about the man, His message, and His mission. Absorb His words and teachings. Bask in the fullness of Spirit that He gives, and utilize that power to declare and demonstrate the gospel. Make known that faith or rejection determines future prospects of immortality and life in the kingdom.
Time is short, and the need urgent. May a force of John the baptists be unleashed today.
©Steve Taylor, 2016 --Used by permission
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