It is not about me

January 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

“It is not about me.” That is John the Baptist’s message whenever people asked him who he is (John 1:29-42).  He always points away from Himself to the Lamb of God (1:29-34).  Someone once said, if John the Baptist had a Facebook page, his profile picture would have been an image of a long finger pointing away from himself to Jesus.  It is not surprising then that the Gospel of John tells the story of Jesus’ first disciples as a discovery that “it is not about me” (1:35-42).  Jesus’ first words in this Gospel do not come in the form of a command (as in Mark) or a sermon (as in Matthew) or a quotation (as in Luke), but in the form of a profound question.  The question, “what do you want” literally translated from the Greek means “what do you seek“?  When Andrew heard this seeker-question from Jesus, “the first thing he did was to find his brother Simon (to be named Peter) and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah'” (1:41).  Andrew realized that when you get to know Jesus your life change to be not about yourself, but to always point others to Jesus.  God will always bring you and me in the presence of many seekers that are hungry for being directed to the Lamb of God.  Can we point them in the right direction?


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