Get you out of the way
John 3: 27-30
27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”
The disciples of John the Baptist are complaining that everyone was going to Jesus which actually makes John very successful.
John uses an illustration of the wedding to challenge them on who is the central figure. It is not him and it is not them. It is Jesus.
It is difficult when you used to be top and you are now second. It is hard when you were the centre and now you are side-lined. It doesn’t feel nice not to be noticed anymore.
We spend years centring our world on us and then we are gone, it’s over.
But if we were never centre and if we were never really that important and say if Jesus was truly greater and we were truly less, then we wouldn’t be disappointed would we?
Now of course we all want Jesus to be greater. But where is He? If He is in heaven then all is well, we can do it. But if he is with the beggar on the street or the annoying neighbour or the stubborn church member then we certainly don’t want to become less! They would walk right over us and we certainly don’t want that.
He must become greater; I must become less.
Let’s try again. Draw the line. Start today. See if you can get yourself out of the way.