I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come. (Luke 3:16).
Whilst enjoying a couple of days in Cleveland, Ohio I entered a Wendy’s restaurant and whilst waiting to be served I was following an interview with the founder of the company and his remark about stuck with me all these years: “I am the messenger, not the message.” That is a good word to remember as we speak about Christ to our friends and family. While our behavior should always be consistent with what we say, our goal is to point others to Jesus and not to ourselves. St. Paul, said, “For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5). John the Baptist knew that his role was to be a messenger for Christ. “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
“Lord, wherever I am, help me to be a messenger of Your love.”We witness best for Christ when we say the least about ourselves.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:11)
There are two types of people in the world. Those who come into a room and say, “Here I am!’ and those who come in and say, ‘Ah, there you are!” How different are those two approaches! One says, “Look at me! I need attention”; the other says, “Tell me about yourself.” One says, “The world revolves around me”; the other says, “I am here to serve you.” Wouldn’t it be nice to be known as a person who displays the love of Christ openly and unashamedly? The New Testament is full of practical suggestions, we are told to give preference to one another, edify one another, care for one another, bear one another’s burdens, forgive one another, comfort one another and pray for one another. There should be only one kind of Christian: the “love one another” kind.
“Lord, teach me the secret of loving, sharing forgiving, caring........to love others as You have loved me.”
People with a heart for God have a heart for people.