Lately, my friends have had me listen to the song by LeCrae called Background. It has taught me that we need to let the Lord take the lead in our life and not look for personal glory .Sometimes our actions are not recognized or hyped by everybody, but in the end, the Lord recognizes our service to Him and looks down upon us with great favor.
Last night, a great accomplishment happened in Major League Baseball. It was done by a man who has been under the radar for most of his career. Minnesota Twins’ DH Jim Thome became the 8th man in baseball history to reach 600 home runs for his career. He hit two home runs, including number 600 off of Daniel Schlereth, in the 7th inning of a 9-6 victory. He hasn’t won a World Series or been the star of a team, but Thome belongs in the Hall of Fame for being presumably clean in the steroid era and he always shows great class and professionalism.
One of the men in the Bible who always let the Lord take the lead was John the Baptist. John was a man who came to prepare the way for the Messiah. However, people thought he was the second coming of Elijah, but he came to “prepare the way of the Lord” (Isaiah 40:3). In the third chapter of John, his disciples wonder why Jesus is getting all the attention for baptizing when John the Baptist bore witness to him. Shortly after, he tells them this:
“I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:28-30)
We need to take the example of John the Baptist in our lives. When we submit to Christ, we have to decrease our role and let Christ be the one who leads us to success. Thus, we honor Him for the success we have in our lives. Jim Thome never boasted about his accomplishments and never was a man who cared about himself more than the team. We should do the same and care for what the Lord wants us to do before we care about ourselves!