And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:26-30 (ESV)
The hallway of my high school was packed with students that fateful Tuesday afternoon. Voices swirled around me, echoing off of the fluorescent lights and the tile floors. People jostled past one another, their backpacks swinging as they scurried to class. Suddenly, the crowd parted, and there stood Mr. Dreamy himself, smiling and waving…at me. My arm shot out, and I waved back, any hope of playing it cool already lost in his green eyes. Just then, I heard male laughter at my back. One of the football players was standing behind me. My cheeks caught fire as I tried to burrow into my locker. I wasn’t the one. Mr. Dreamy wasn’t waving at me, after all.
One of the things I appreciate the most about John the Baptist is his humility. John knew he wasn’t, “the one. ” He wasn’t the Christ. John knew he was the forerunner for Jesus, the guy rolling out the red carpet for the King. John’s greatest joy was in pointing people to Jesus. Jesus was the center. The point. The purpose. Jesus was all that mattered.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 (ESV)
Jesus should be the center and the purpose of everything I do too…whether I’m washing dishes or explaining a math problem to my daughter or praying with a friend. My heart should be singing His praises. My words should be full of His love.
I’m not the One. On my own, I have no power or wisdom or love to offer this world, but I know One who does. May I find joy, not in drawing attention to myself, but in pointing people to Jesus.