Who Gets the Focus of Attention in Your Ministry?

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“He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)

John the Baptist was able to say those words because he knew that he wasn’t to be the focus of attention. His objective was to point people to Jesus.

Think about your ministry. Who gets the focus of attention? Look at how John the Baptist put the attention on Jesus and then ask if you are doing the same.

Attention goes to whose AGENDA you promote.

About John the Baptist:

John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. (Mk. 1:4-5)

John the Baptist had an agenda to preach, baptize, and disciple those he baptized. He could have clung to this agenda but he was willing to release his followers so they could follow Jesus. He even took the initiative to point them to God’s agenda as he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” (Jn. 1:35-37)

About Us:

When it isn’t about us and what is on our agenda, but rather that people come to Jesus, we can be more flexible and willing to let go when necessary.

Attention goes to the one seen as the AUTHORITY.

About John the Baptist:

And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.” (Mk. 1:7)

John realized that he was nothing compared to Jesus. He understood who Jesus was and therefore exercised humility instead of superiority.

About Us:

When we hold a proper view of ourselves “what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Cor. 4:5). We don’t send out mixed messages on who people should be following.

Attention goes to the one who gets the ACCLAMATION.

About John the Baptist:

John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I …” (Mk. 1:6-7a)

John backed up his message by the way he lived. He turned the spotlight on Jesus rather than look for his own popularity.

About Us:

When we do not have to receive the applause of people, we are able to admit we don’t have all the answers or abilities and together look to the One who is all-knowing and all-powerful.

Attention goes to the one credited for ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

About John the Baptist:

“I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mk. 1:8)

John the Baptist acknowledged that what he was able to do was nothing compared to Jesus. He knew he was merely a messenger preparing the way for Jesus who is the Lamb of God, the One who would truly make a difference in people’s lives. The number of people John baptized did not define his success.

About Us:

When we see God as the Source of that which counts for eternity, we feel no need to brag about what we’ve accomplished. We are merely the means He uses to point people to Himself. We use numbers and other statistical measurements as a reason to give Him praise or as a reminder of our need to look to Him more, not to pat ourselves on the back or to compare ourselves to others.

Who gets the focus of attention in your ministry? He (Jesus) will increase and you will decrease as you align with His agenda, look to Him as the authority, and give all the acclamation to Him as you credit Him for what is accomplished.

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