All I Can See (Turning our eyes to Jesus - and then to others)
He must become greater; I must become less. John 3:30
During my morning workout today I was listening to the daily “Focus on the Family” broadcast, which featured an amazing talk by Adolph Coors (of the Coors brewing family). Many of us (myself very much included) spend a lot of time worrying what other people think of us; to that Adolph had this to say:
“We wouldn’t spend so much time worrying about what other people think of us if we realized just how little they actually did.”
So true right?!? Yet in our day of social media many have become slaves to self, in some cases to the point of obsession. The term “selfie” is a perfect reflection of this trend; cameras used to be primarily pointed at other things or people - now they’re designed to make it easy to take pictures of ourselves. My devotional for today is titled “All I Can See” and comes from Our Daily Bread; it starts with an amusing tale to which perhaps some of us can relate. A woman named Krista was outside on a cold winter day, and saw a beautiful lighthouse next to a frozen lake. So she grabbed her smartphone, but because her glasses had fogged over she couldn’t see the screen as she snapped several photos. When she looked at the results, she instantly realized her mistake - the camera had been on “selfie” mode, so the only thing she saw was pictures of her own face!
From this story the author of today’s devotional draws this conclusion - "Krista’s photos got me thinking of a similar mistake: We can become so self-focused we lose sight of the bigger picture of God’s plan.”
As John the Baptist pondered his place in the redemptive story unfolding before his eyes, he said this in John 3:30 - “He must increase, but I must decrease.” In his summary of the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard Jesus say, “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” (Matthew 20:16) This parable in particular is an important one for me to consider; I often get myself completely wound up inside when I obsess over what I think is fair or what I think I’m entitled to or deserve.
John the Baptist teaches us an important lesson; the author of today’s devotional says this, “Jesus’s cousin John clearly knew his focus wasn’t himself. Right from the start he recognized that his position or calling was to point others to Jesus, the Son of God.” We have that same calling as well - focus on Jesus, and through his power shift the focus from self to others, so they too might hear the good news of our Savior!
It goes without saying that we have no shortage of people focused on self these days; sadly that seems to be as true inside the church as outside. Do you long to be used by Jesus to make a difference in this world? Let John the Baptist be an example - set the eyes of your heart on Christ, and let others see his love reflected in your life!