John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”(John 1:15)John the Baptist had one task in life and he did it well: Tell of the coming Savior. He prepared the people. He taught the people. He pointed them in the direction of the soon to come Savior, the Lamb of God, who would take away the sin of the world!
John knew he was not important than Jesus. His "ministry" was not about him, but the Lamb. Many times today, we get so caught up in what we are doing and what we have planned to do that we forget for Whom we are doing it and why we are doing it! Whom we are serving is more important than who is serving!
Even Jesus replied to the rich, young ruler that, "No one is good but One, that is, God."(Mark 10:18) So if our job, or commission, is to "go and make disciples", why is our focus on so many other things? We don't do the saving. We do not do the reconciling. We are simply God's instruments. The hammer doesn't get credit for the carpenter's work. The potter's wheel does receive pay for the potter's created piece. The pen does not receive honor for the book the author penned.
Lord help me to stay focused upon the One Who crafted me . . . the Author Who began and will end my story and this world's tale. Keep my focus upon You!