John the Baptist
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 NIV
Do you know what I like about John the Baptist? He never claimed to be anything but who he was. He certainly never claimed to be Christ.
Oh, there were plenty who wanted to name him Christ. He had people thinking he was the promised Messiah, or perhaps Elijah, or at least some pretty fancy talking, new fangled prophet. Think about it, the people hadn’t heard a word from God in hundreds of years. The voice of God was silent, and along comes John the Baptist; baptizing, preaching, doing miracles, speaking of a new day. Who wouldn’t have thought there was something special about him?
What happened when Jesus came upon John the Baptist? What was John the Baptist doing? Was he signing autographs? Was he building up the John the Baptist Fan Club membership? Was he gaining credit of his own. No, he was giving all the glory to God, praising the name of Jesus. It was what he did morning, noon and night; everyday. Jesus didn’t surprise John the Baptist. John the Baptist was always ready. In fact, John the Baptist said, “I must decrease, so that Christ might increase.”
Now, you and I wouldn’t claim to be Christ, would we? Probably not most of us, but would we claim to be as good as Christ? Would we take credit for our own success? When we are in a situation, and we think to ourselves, consciously or unconsciously, “I can handle this on my own”, aren’t we claiming equality with Jesus? Didn’t Jesus say “apart from me you can do nothing”?
If you and I want to find true success in the Christian life, we will learn to be as John the Baptist was, always loving, serving, and proclaiming Christ, and never thinking we can do anything without Him.