Day 14 - John 3:22-30
Points to Ponder:
1.Why was it a point of dispute between John’s disciples and another Jew? Why were they arguing about Jesus baptizing and everyone going to him?
2.Why was John able to find such joy in the shrinking crowd and number of his disciples?
3.Why does the voice of the bridegroom (Jesus) give us such joy?
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. He must become greater; I must become less.” – John 3:29-30
Lord God, I can be so earthly minded sometimes. I think about what I’m accomplishing and how many people notice what I’m doing. I think about how I’m noticed or not noticed. I think about how people receive me or don’t receive me. I think about how people respect me or don’t respect me. I care so much about my name and my reputation. The truth is, dear Jesus, sometimes I’m thinking about my own glory and about becoming great of my own account. Shift my thinking, O Spirit, and help me to find joy in making you great. Change the focus of my life from trying to be great for me to trying to make your name great in this world. Shift my life from one of making me great to one where I am becoming less and less so that you might become more and more, greater and greater in this world. Help me to think less about me and my name and to think more about your kingdom, your name and your glory. Help me to think more of you and less of me. And in this way, dear Jesus, fill me with great joy because you are truly great. Amen.