Spotlight on Jesus (Through the Gospels)
Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has never arisen no one greater than John the baptist. ^Matthew 11:11
John the baptist the greatest man to ever live? The gospels never record John healing the sick. John never performed any miracles, signs and wonders like Moses or Elijah. But why is John considered greatest man to ever live?
Because John made everything in his life about Jesus.
John says about himself, “I must decrease and He must increase” (John 3:30). He also explains the focus of his ministry was to, "Make straight the way of the Lord” (John 1:23). This is what made John the Baptist the greatest man to ever live. John’s entire goal in life was to put the spotlight on Jesus.
John had disciples but he re-directed them to follow Jesus. John had a great following but choose to make himself less so that the focus would be on Jesus. John had many opportunities to promote himself and accomplish great things, but he choose to make Jesus great. To decrease so Jesus can increase means to live a life that points to Jesus and not to ourselves.
This ought to be our goal in life as well. As believers, we have been given the same call as John the Baptist. Our goals and ambitions in life must be rooted to in the glory and honor of Christ. All our efforts and energy must exalt the name of Jesus. We must remove all hindrances and clear the way for Jesus to walk through. Our lives must point to Jesus. How can you decrease today so that Christ may increase?