When John the Baptist’s disciples came and told Him that Jesus—the one about whom John had testified—was baptizing, and that everyone was going to Him, John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:22-36).
Each of us can experience the joy of helping people encounter Jesus. This joy is not in our performance, but in God’s work. None of us are the One who saves. But we get to share in God’s happiness when we use the gifts He has given each of us to proclaim the Kingdom of God (Matthew 25:21, 23; 1 Peter 4:10). When we follow Him, we get to see physical and spiritual restoration as we obey and “go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Luke 10:1-12; Mark 16:20). As we pray in the Spirit for our brothers and sisters, let’s remember Paul’s words, “Pray… that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I may fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel… Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should” (Ephesians 6:18-20).
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