Step Aside – Good News for January 10

10 01 2009

John 3:22-30

Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where he spent some time with them baptizing.  John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was an abundance of water there, and people came to be baptized, for John had not yet been imprisoned. 

Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew about ceremonial washings. So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.” John answered and said,

“No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said that I am not the Christ, but that I was sent before him.  The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease.”

The Daily Path: I think of how difficult it is to step back from the limelight and allow someone else to be a focal point. We are all wired to seek recognition and praise. Once you’ve experienced some form of acclaim, you want more. Glory is addictive and we are weak. I can understand what a performer or athlete experiences when their time has past. Old Satan must have been buzzing in John the Baptist’s ear, “Don’t step aside! Look at all these people. They want you, not Jesus.”

Will we step aside for the Christ?

Room to Chat: Confess sinner! You’ve eaten fast food. And you’ve used the drive-up window to order because you were in a hurry. Go straight to dietician hell… okay… I’ll confess. I love In-N-Out Burgers. And I always have to wait in the drive-thru line because everyone else loves them, too. As I watch the digital clock in the window tick away telling me how long it’s taking between orders, I could have a chat with God. 



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