Daily D – John 1:20
He didn’t deny it but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.”
JOHN 1:20 (CSB)
“I’m kind of a big deal.”
Mark Driscoll made this statement to his coworkers as detailed in The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, a podcast by Mike Cosper of Christianity Today. Driscoll is not alone. There are a lot of people who think they are kind of a big deal.
I uttered these words facetiously in a conversation with leaders from across the country Tuesday morning. We all laughed, but it felt terrible deep in my gut. I am not a big deal.
Turn to Matthew 11:7-15 and read what Jesus said about John the Baptizer. In verse 11 he says, “Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one greater than John the Baptist has appeared.” That’s pretty high praise. That sounds like someone who is kind of a big deal.
What did John say about himself in relation to Jesus? “He must increase, but I must decrease,” (John 3:30).
“He must become greater; I must become less,” (New International Version).
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less,” (New Living Translation).
“This is the assigned moment for him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines,” (The Message).
As inflation diminishes the value of a dollar, so does an inflated ego diminish the value of our contribution to the world.
Preachers and politicians and podcasters need these two memory verses to guide them day by day and moment by moment:
“I am not the Messiah.”
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
So let it be written. So let it be done.
I will become less and less so that people can see more and more of Jesus.
Our Father, more Jesus, please. Much less of me. Amen.
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6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 “Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
8 “Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
9 Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?
10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,
and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at all who are proud and bring them low,
12 look at all who are proud and humble them,
crush the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
14 Then I myself will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Job 40:6–14.
Job 29:21-25 21 “People listened to me expectantly,
waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;
my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as for showers
and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;
I dwelt as a king among his troops;
I was like one who comforts mourners.