There aren’t many individuals in history like John the Baptist. How many people can you find who would let themselves be thrown under the bus and still keep everyone focused on someone else? But that is exactly what John the Baptist did throughout his life – he pointed people to Jesus Christ.
He knew it wasn’t about himself. He accepted that reality and was very open about it with everyone who asked. And lots of people asked. Yet, patiently, but firmly he always said the same thing, “I’m pointing you to Jesus. He’s the one you’re looking for.” Even when he was in prison, with doubts and fears swirling through his mind, he stayed the course and finished his race just as he started – pointing to Jesus.
Some people might look at John’s life and mutter, “What a waste. He never thought about himself and look where it got him, headless!” But John would have replied, “That kind of comment demonstrates a vision of the short term. I live in the long term because that is where Jesus is.”
You and I are confronted with the same decision: do we look out for ourselves and live in the short term or point the way to Jesus and live in the long term? It is either one or the other. No one can have it both ways. That’s why John spoke as forcefully, even harshly as he did. Eternity hangs on the question we must answer.
If you believe that Jesus is who he claims to be and embrace his long term vision, then your life has the same purpose as John’s – to point the way to Jesus. Have you taken that thought seriously? Join us for one of our weekend worship services. Let John’s story be yours!
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