Greetings In The Name of the Lord:
John 3:30 (NLT)
He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
In our society today it is often difficult for us to see ourselves in a realistic light. We tend to see ourselves as either more than we are or lesser than we should see ourselves. On the one hand, people degrade themselves and think that they are worthless either because of their success in life or because of their looks. A young man who does not have the body of a popular movie actor or a professional athlete may see them selves as not worthy of love and acceptance. A young woman in our society judges her self worth based on weather they can fit into the latest fashions or look like a model. Then there is the other extreme; where we see ourselves as the most important person on earth. Like the football quarterback who was a star in college, but when he comes to the pros thinks that he is good enough to not put in the work to become a great quarterback on the next level. You know the ones that now have tons of money to throw around and party until dawn, but when game day comes around they are unprepared, and as a result of their lack of preparation, unsuccessful. Either one of these extremes is inaccurate and in there own way prideful. We must begin to look at ourselves as God sees us. John the Baptist certainly had every reason to be prideful in his day. He was the hot shot preacher that people were flocking to in the wilderness, and many wanted to put him on a pedestal that even he himself said he didn’t belong on (John 1:19-28). Furthermore, when his followers tried to elevate him to a lofty status he said that Jesus must become greater and he must become less. What he said was not belittling himself, rather just seeing himself in the proper light. He emphatically stated that he was not the Messiah but one crying out in the wilderness to prepare a way for the Lord. As a note on a Pastor’s desk said, “I’m just a NOBODY telling EVERYBODY about SOMEBODY who can save ANYBODY!” Let’s begin to see ourselves through the eyes of God.