One of the hard things that we all have to learn in life, is that it’s not about us! Most of us learned this truth very early in our life journey. As young children, we didn’t get our way, maybe we had to submit to our siblings or parents or maybe we were just told, “No” to our self-centered request. Whatever the circumstance we learned that we are not the center of this world! We hate to admit it, but even with these early life lessons most of us still carry a certain amount of self-centeredness into our adult years.
If we are ever going to journey to the highest level of being truly human, we have to continue to learn the lesson of John the Baptist, that we are just beacons of light and voice pointing others to the person of Jesus Christ. As you read the scripture today, think through John’s process of declaring Christ and diminishing to self.
Read: John 1:29-51
Questions to Consider:
1. What is the lesson we can learn from the actions of John the Baptist found in this passage? How did John point to diminish of himself and point others to Christ?
2. How would you tell this story in a modern setting?
3. What are some practical ways that you can point people to Jesus instead of to yourself in your daily interactions with others?
So What Activity: Take some time to be by yourself and examine your daily interactions to see where you may need to move away from the spotlight. Write this in your journal and then write a prayer of confession and repentance.