A deflating Story
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
A Deflating Story
A number of years ago some friends of mine were attempting to take their conversion van into a covered parking garage at a hospital. From the beginning, they misjudged the height of the entrance and wedged their vehicle between the roof and the road. They attempted several times to get unstuck, but were unable to get their van loose. Finally, someone realized there was only one way to get out. They removed air from all of the tires. Only when the tires had been deflated could the van get low enough to drive out clean. Some of us need to be deflated so we can be made low enough to follow Christ.
The Apostle Paul warned the disciples in Rome to not think of themselves more highly than they ought, but to look at themselves soberly and with the faith God had given them. (see Romans 12:3)
It is crucial to our witness for Christ and our ability to serve him that we serve God with humility. When people confronted John the Baptizer about the fact that Jesus was getting more disciples than he was, he surprised them with his answer. He explained to them that this was the way it should be. Jesus was the bridegroom and John was his attendant. He proclaimed the following powerful words, “He must become greater and I must become less.” (John 3:30 NIV)
Several times during his ministry Jesus talked about the power of putting others first. He said things like, “The first shall be last and the last shall be first.” Or “The greatest in the kingdom of heaven will be servant of all.”
Arrogance, haughtiness, prideful hearts are among the things God despises. John’s humility was one or his greatest attributes for ministry. If you love sounding authoritative; if you like to feign superiority; if you want everyone to think you’re a big dog, don’t be surprised when you find yourself covered with fleas.
We have no reason to be arrogant and we have every reason to be humble. Jesus himself was the humblest man alive and he was the only one who ever deserved to be arrogant. He was perfect and without sin. Yet, humility was like clothing to him.
If you want to be used by God like John was, perhaps you should take the attitude of the preacher who said, "I’m just a NOBODY telling EVERYBODY about SOMEBODY who can save ANYBODY!"
Sunday, we will conclude our New Year messages from John 3 with; New Year; New Commitment based on John 3:22-36. You will be encouraged and challenged to renew your passion and attitude to one of devotion to Christ like never before.