Each time I read the words of John the Baptist it makes me want to repent in dust and ashes for my prideful, self-seeking heart. He has a way of getting directly to the heart of things. Even though we only have record of a few sentences, they pack a powerful punch.
A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. John 3:27
He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30
He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. Matthew 3:11
I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water. John 1:31
This is a far cry from so much of what I see in “ministry” today. Driving down the interstate there are billboards advertising local churches displaying huge pictures of the pastor and his wife. Not just one. Many. The phrase that comes to mind each time I see them is “what were they thinking????”
“Therefore I came”, John said. Why? That Christ should be revealed.
Not that I should become well known. Not that I should build a thriving church. But that Christ should be revealed.
There is a trap set for us, and it is ministry. Oh it looks so beautiful and desirable, and it seems so good. But ministry becomes idolatry when the purpose is anything other than revealing Christ.
In these days of Christian celebrities, may God guard our hearts from being caught up in such folly.