Jason Huwe is Resurrection’s minister for 20-Somethings and College Life. He has attended Resurrection since 2007 and has been on staff about 3 years. He enjoys ping pong, Dr. Pepper and cheering on his Nebraska Cornhuskers. In January, he and his wife Michelle are leaving for a two-year commitment on Kwajalein Island in the Pacific.
John the Baptist seems to be tapped into an eternal truth that escaped me for quite some time: it’s not about me. Never has been and never will be. Regardless of the skills I have or the effort I put in. By this time in the Gospel of Luke, John had amassed quite a following of his own. He had devoted disciples and was creating quite a buzz in the neighborhood thanks to his speaking gifts. But no matter the successes that he experienced, John knew that focus was not to remain on him. He knew that the Lord had something bigger going on and that another person was to be the object of true praise and devotion. The best part about this point in the story is that John doesn’t yet fully know that Jesus is the Savior of the world. This is why he sends out his friends to get confirmation. But let us suppose that the report from Jesus was that he is not the One. Would John have concluded that maybe it was all about him after all? Maybe he should begin to accept this praise and devotion for himself. I don’t think that’s what he would have done. Like all of us, he knew the limits of his own humanity.
John the Baptist seems to have been tapped into a second eternal truth that escaped me for even longer: it’s about God. Always has been and always will be. It’s one thing to acknowledge that we are not worthy of the praise and accolades that people may want to heap on us at points in our life. It is another thing entirely to accept and proclaim that God is wholly responsible for the achievements we enjoy. Who gave me the physical gifts to perform? How was I blessed with the mental capacity for great ideas? Who placed me in a position to excel? Who gave me the choice to use my time to achieve unmatched success?
God has blessed all of us with wonderful talents and abilities, capable of staggering success. The question is, will you acknowledge the true reason for that success and point to it as John did? When those nearby sought to praise him, John was constantly deflecting attention toward the promise of a coming Messiah. Today we can point to the saving grace of Jesus as our source of joy and to His father as the author of every blessing. May we be like John the Baptist and remember these simple truths: it is not about me. It is about God. I invite you to humbly point toward God and say, ‘to Him be the glory.’
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