There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
Some people live their entire lives trying to figure out what their entire life was supposed to be about. They come to the end wondering where they should have started. Not John the Baptist. He understood, embraced and accomplished his divine assignment.
John lived his life with a laser point focus. He was sent by God to prepare the world for Jesus. He came as a witness to tell people that the Messiah was on the way. His message was a call to righteousness — right-mindedness and right living — in order to prepare for the entrance of God’s Son.
John’s austere appearance and radical message produced quite a following. He even had his own group of disciples. However, the man never became bigger than the message. He never shared center stage with Jesus. He pointed people to the Light and stepped into the shadows. John’s ministry teaches every believer to keep the message focused on the Messiah, not the messenger.
Father, please keep me from getting in the way of the message of Jesus. Help me to know my purpose clearly, fulfill my purpose well, and live in the shadow of the Light that reveals the way to heaven. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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