There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. (John 1:6-9)
It is such a temptation in this life to try and be something you’re not…at least it is for me anyway. Somehow, thru the years, I have become convinced that who I really am is simply not enough. So I subtly—and sometimes not so subtly—begin to seek people, and/or things, and/ or accomplishments that will make me feel like I have value and worth; make me feel like I am somebody.
Maybe that’s why I have been really drawn to the life of John the Baptist for the past few days. He seems to get it. He seems to realize that life is not about him. He seems to clearly see his place in the larger story—and embrace it. John is fully aware that he is not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. He knew who he was and fully embraced his role; he didn’t succumb to the temptation to try and be someone or something that he was not. He didn’t try to pretend that he was the light, but instead was wonderfully able to point people to the light, rather than to himself. What a great example to follow. John encourages me to be careful: to not block the light, to not get in the way of the light, to not dance around for attention in front of the light…to not try and be the light. He reminds me that any light that is seen in me is only a reflection of the True Light, nothing that I—in and of myself—possess or produce...it is all Him. So whenever people are drawn to that light in me, or in any of us, I/we must always point them quickly back to Jesus, lest they mistake this little reflection of the light in us for what it truly is--not us, but the True Light itself.