John 3:28-30, Genesis 11:4, 1 Samuel 15: 10-12, Matthew 16:25, Matthew 7:21-23
Numbers 20: 10-12
When John the Baptist witnessed Jesus on the scene, he drew back, decreasing his visibility to allow Jesus His following . Thus, it is, with One who has been born from above, all ambitions, motives, actions, words are consumed by the “Glory of God”. And as it happens, the one who loses Himself in Christ, is the one who reveals Him to others. (John 3: 28-30)
Saul was chosen as King of Israel. He was from the smallest family of the smallest tribe in Israel. He was a man who lacked confidence in himself, although he was tall and handsome. When the prophet, Samuel came to anoint him King, he hid because he was afraid of such an awesome position and responsibility. But after one victory against the enemy of Israel, he allowed himself to receive the glory and began to honor himself, increasing his visibility while dishonoring God. He allowed pride and self-importance to go to his head. Therein was the snare to losing his position in the Kingdom of Israel and as God’s anointed. (Isaiah 42:8, 1 Samuel 8-15, 15:10-12).
Recently, as I’ve been interceding for my family and the nation, the Lord has produced a sifting, purging of my soul. Instead of recognizing the sins of others, He has shown me my own; subtle ways of bringing honor to myself; building little monuments and towers to establish self-importance and a name while misrepresenting “Who He Is”. I’ve been astounded as to how many times I have fell into self-pity over rejection, disrespect, and unrecognized in my attempts to share Christ. But the truth is, I was always in the center of the witness and teaching, more visible than the one I desired to reveal.
Through repentance, I am more cognizant of my words and actions, bringing them under submission to glorify Christ. It’s a discipline, but absolutely necessary and possible for godly effectiveness in the Kingdom of God (2 Chronicles 7:14, Matthew 6:33).
Jesus said, if I be “lifted up” (above everything else, including others and the things of this world) I will draw all men to myself. (John 12: 32-33)
If the gospel of Jesus Christ – “His death and resurrection” is paramount above every form of doctrine, theology, philosophy, politics or persuasion, then He alone, brings those who are lost, suffering and hurting to Himself, whereby salvation and the promise of eternal life is guaranteed. (Ephesians 1: 13-14)
I pray, together, those who are called by His Name, lift Jesus up above ourselves in every way, yielding in submission in everything through His mercy and grace, for the sake of others who will see Jesus, alone. (Ephesians 2: 8-9)
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13