He must increase, but I must decrease. – John 3:30
Long before King Herod locked him away in a prison cell, John the Baptist stepped aside to allow Jesus’ ministry to take center stage. Those who followed him at the time, wondered (aloud) why he would allow this to happen, but John understood his unique role as the “announcer” and “way-maker” for the arrival of the promised Messiah.
Sometimes it is hard in life to play “second fiddle” and while not everyone struggles with this role, the feeling is probably more common than we realize. Yet, we must remember than none of us is as important as Christ. He always comes first and with that knowledge comes the acceptance of our individual part, our fit in God’s kingdom plan and purpose.
Whatever you do, do it for the glory of Christ Jesus. It is essential for the health and success of an entire Body that has been fashioned by the Creator and Redeemer Himself. Resolve to be the best version of “you” that you can be and, along with the other members of His kingdom, proclaim the Good News until the King returns.
Unless we are willing to pay the price and sacrifice time and attention in what appear legitimate or necessary duties for the sake of the heavenly gifts, we need not look for a large experience of the power of the heavenly world in our work. – Andrew Murray
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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