Friday Focus: Serve in the right relationship
He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:29-30 KJV)
In a traditional wedding the best man has a very important role in the wedding ceremony. Not only is he the lead man for the rest of the groomsmen in the party, he is also the the master of ceremonies in the often memorable bachelor party. He alone is responsible for getting the groom to the wedding and of course he holds the ring. The symbol that proclaims the vision of unity.
Hear my thought; there is a bond between the groom and his best man whose relationship deepen during the whole marriage preparations. This is where the best man really earns his position: by encouraging the groom and supporting his decision to cleave to his bride, even at the demise of their close relationship, he’s not upset for he knows his friend is happy and is happy for his friend (true friends will genuinely celebrate your victories). John was feeling this very thing for Jesus, this is where John the Baptist takes a stage left and the son of God takes center stage in the face of humanity. this is the moment where John’s destiny is fulfilled and the realization is this: I can not go further until I am in the right position.
He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30 KJV)
We serve almighty God in various capacities which brings up this question? Who is leading who? Are you allowing The Holy Spirit to lead you in your ministry, or are you directing God to follow where you may lead?
Our service should be the former, we are to allow the Holy Spirit to lead and direct us rather than the other way around. You may find that once you’re in the right position, the Lord takes center stage of your life . This should be our focus as leaders, ministers and pastors. Just as planes will not take off unless things are in place ( seat backs, tray tables are in an upright and locked position) congregations can not grow in Christ. So this week lets focus on having the right relationship with our Lord and savior recognizing him as our pilot, not the flight attendant. Have a great week.