In this reading, John the Baptizer says in verse 30, He must increase, but I must decrease
So many of us today want to be first – want to be in the spotlight, want all of the focus on us. Not many of us want to hang back and let someone else get all of the attention.
And yet, that is exactly what John says – that he will fade away so that Jesus can flourish, he is happy to disappear into the background so that Jesus can take center stage. For John knew that he was the forerunner, the one who was to come before Messiah to prepare the way. He knew that he was the friend of the Bridegroom; he was not the Bridegroom.
We can’t all be first – we can’t all get the attention – we know that from playing sports – someone always has to win. But, yet, is there some comfort for some of us to do the hard work in the background – the work that makes the spotlight work. I have a friend who never wants to be the leader – he is content with being the second in command, giving advice and listening to the leader – letting the leader be the in the spotlight – and that is valuable work.
What work needs to be done in the background of your life to let Jesus be in the spotlight?
The Readings for Friday, March 10, 2017