Devotional March 2, 2017
Numbers 3 | Numbers 4 | John 3: 22-36
Hey guys I hope everyone is doing well today. I am currently writing this on my phone on an airplane headed to NY. It's been super crazy this morning. For some reason I flight was canceled and then rescheduled, but booked by the time I checked in,weird right? Do they booked me another flight, where I currently am, but this flight won't get me to my destination till after pm from the 10:50 am arrival time that was originally scheduled.
Then our flight captain notified us that there are hard wing gusts in New York and they don't want a congestion of planes, so we'll be on the plane for another 20 minutes before even flying.
With all this said I am still smiling. Hey, you have to look at things on the bright side, I've never been to NY so even though it's on the airport, I can say that I have been to NY!
While waiting o decided to continue reading the Bible. I am currently in the book of Numbers and John. As I read through John 3:22-36 i found John the baptist's attitude quite intriguing. In this passage some of John's disciples are telling him that everyone is flocking towards Jesus to be baptized and they started becoming upset and questioning John. I love what John says in verse 28, "You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.’ It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less."
"He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less" I love that. That type of attitude and character is not easy to obtain, but John knew his purpose in this world.
So many messages pop up to me as I read this, but what sticks out most to me the most is this, relationship equals more of him, which equals less of me, which equals purpose. I spoke yesterday about surrender and being able to get to a place in your life where you give God full control. We'll today is not different. The more God gets in your life the more he will be able to lead us into his perfect will in our lives.
Look at it this way. When I decided to marry my wife, I decided to fully surrender my life to her - meaning that my life no longer belonged to me, but to her and vice versa. So if every time I surrender myself to her and listen to her, we are building a strong marriage that is leading us to greater fulfillment.
John knew his purpose because he fully surrendered himself to the will of God. Relationship brings surrender and surrender brings purposeSo when John heard that Jesus was baptizing more people and that he was gaining popularity, he said, "I am filled with joy at his success." When you are in relationship you know your purpose and because of that there is no jealousy or pride. When you have a relationship you know exactly what is expected.
God is the GPS in our journey and some routes might be bumpy, but if we trust and surrender to him, we will not only find our destination and purpose, but we will celebrate those around us.
Could it be that sometimes we don't enjoy peoples success, achievements and journey because maybe we have not found our sense of purpose in our life?
John could have self proclaimed himself the Messiah or even have become jealous or bitter, but he didn't. He choose to walk the road that was set out for him.
If there is anything that I want you to remember is this, RELATIONSHIP = LESS OF YOU = MORE OF HIM =PURPOSE.