24 Jun Let’s Do Our Part And Then Let Go
Read John 3:22-36
Thought for the Day: As Christians, we point others to Jesus!
When I was a sophomore in college, I was part of a brand new church plant. As we approached our first Easter, we held a community Easter Egg Hunt in a local park. Eager to help in any way that was needed, I asked my pastor what I could do to support the event. A few days later, I found myself on the sidewalk in front of the park dressed in an Easter Bunny costume. My job was to get the public’s attention and direct as many people as possible to the egg hunt.
In John’s Gospel, we read about a man nicknamed ‘John the Baptist’ who made it his life’s purpose to prepare the way for Jesus’ arrival. This man certainly got the public’s attention (he dressed in animal skins while maintaining a diet of locusts and honey) as he urged the Jewish people to turn back to God and be baptized. But amazingly, once Jesus finally arrived, John the Baptist understood that he needed to get out of the way so Jesus’ ministry could begin: “He [Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease.” John the Baptist humbly accepted his role while it was needed, and graciously stepped aside when it was time.
How often do we forget this lesson from John the Baptist? As Christians, we are to point our friends to Jesus and let Him do the work in their hearts. Rather than over-functioning in the lives of others, we can see that we are simply asked to do our part and let go. Fortunately, we don’t need to be Jesus for anyone. We are asked to point others to Him and then let go. That day I stood in front of a park in a bunny suit, all I had to do was stay positive and do my part. Today, let’s remember these simple words: “He must increase, but I must decrease”!
Pastor David (and Stan)