"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

There's no 'I' in 'Best Man'

"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” (JN 3:29-30)

John 3 - part II (part I in Feb 13 Nicodemus post).  In this passage, John the Baptist describes his service and position, relative to Christ, with a great analogy.  In doing so, he provides us with a really awesome example that includes both a practical and spiritual application. 

First, most of us would never think to upstage the groom on his wedding day.  If we are chosen to act as the best man, or even as a groomsman, we look to do all that we can to make it a special day for our buddy.  We are also likely to be just as excited and joyful as he is upon seeing the bride walk down the aisle, (well, maybe "almost" as excited).  But what about our attitudes and actions to others aside from their wedding day.  For me, I am hopeful that envy, pride, or arrogance, would not lead me to "one up" another or seek attention at the expense of others on their day, whatever that day might be. In fact, that day should be everyday.

Spiritually, the emphasis on acknowledging His greatness and our humility is clear.  To be used for God's purpose, as John was, we must be prepared for a service founded on "becoming less."  John would not give in to those that expected him to be envious of the attention that Christ had received.  When we realize our weakness against His strength, we are blessed with an unimaginable joy and peace.

May we be better in our bridegroom roles for those around us and may we seek to make Him greater in our daily walk.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. I came across this page a few days ago. Really enjoy checking back. Keep the faith - finish strong. God Bless.

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  2. Great thought--I read that passage and didn't quite get what he was getting at with the bridegroom concept. Thanks for the clarification!

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