Prepare the Way

As I was reading about John the Baptist the other morning, it struck me that he didn’t have a problem when people stopped following him, to follow Jesus.

In fact, that was his goal.

He simply saw his mission as preparing they way, and I believe that we are called to do the same.

Philippians 2:3 calls us to, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or vain conceit…”

I think John got that.

But, I can’t help but wonder, do we? 

Are we content to simply point others towards Christ, or do we need that recognition?

Later in Philippians, Paul wrote, “…whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.” (3:7)

Do we do that? Do I do that?

Do I count it all as a loss for the sake of Christ, or do I need my own following?

Obviously, I want to say it’s all for Christ, but is it? I’m really not too sure.

What about you?

Have you ever stopped to think about it?

Is this something that you have ever struggled with?

Trying to prepare the way for Jesus in the hearts of those around us, but getting a little fuzzy on where pointing to Him stops and pointing to yourself begins?

That’s my battle today. After all, shouldn’t our goal in life be more of Him and less of me?

So today, I encourage you to prepare the way for the Lord, and check your own heart to see if you are holding on a little too tightly to the people you are pointing His way.

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