Sunday, January 5, 2020

Appreciating Jesus ...

"He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light." - John 1:7-8
For twenty years my wife decorated the front of our old house with beautiful Christmas wreaths. She took great joy in her creations and wanted them to be seen by all who passed by. To achieve this goal she placed two bright flood lights on our front lawn to illuminate her seasonal display. The intention was for people to appreciate the wreaths, not the flood lights.
John came into the world as we read in detail yesterday. He was sent on a mission as we read today. He came as a small light to point others to the great light of Jesus. He was never meant to be THE light, just a small light to point the way. John was given a purpose in life and he faithfully carried out this humble calling. He wanted people to appreciate Jesus, not himself.
You and I have a mission my friend. We were never sent into the world to make great names for ourselves or achieve personal fame. We are greatly blessed because we have a Savior who has given us life, light, and love. And with those wonderful gifts He has given us a divine calling to point others to Him. We are like those flood lights that were on our front lawn at Christmas. We are like John the Baptist sent as a witness. We have been placed on the front line to help others appreciate Jesus, not ourselves.

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