“And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first, and there He stayed. Then many came to Him and said, ‘John performed no sign, but all the things that John spoke about this Man were true’. And many believed in Him there.” (John 10:40-42, emphasis mine)
Have you ever wondered if your Christian life is making much of a difference? Do you find yourself doing only seemingly small, even insignificant, things to the Lord? Maybe you don’t see any fruit from your ministry even though you’ve been serving the Lord for a long time. Maybe you have a job that you don’t really like and you find it rather difficult to shine the light of Christ there. Maybe you’ve prayed for many years for something and the Lord still hasn’t answered to the cry of your heart. Maybe you are just leading a very quiet life and it seems that nothing is happening.
First I want to encourage you with the words of Paul the Apostle: “… your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). Know that whatever you’re doing for the Lord it is not in vain. What may look small and insignificant for us is not small and insignificant for the Lord.
Then let me encourage you with a bit larger concept. I was reading the Gospel of John the other night and I came across these words about John the Baptist: “[He] performed no sign, but all the things that [he] spoke about this Man were true”. I think those words speak to all of us who can’t see what the Lord is doing in our lives right now. Maybe we’re just ordinary Christians living seemingly ordinary Christian lives. We’re being faithful to the Lord but He seems to be so quiet, maybe even distant. But what about if we should be focusing on something greater than our own Christian lives? John the Baptist was proclaiming Christ and bearing witness to Him. Maybe we can’t fully grasp what the Lord is doing in our lives but are the others seeing that we proclaim Christ? Are we living such a life and speaking in such a way that others can say that everything we are proclaiming of Christ is true?
Maybe you don’t have such a grand reputation as a Christian but are others saying that everything you say about Christ is true? Maybe you don’t have that “big” a role in the body of Christ and you can’t perform signs nor wonders but are others saying that everything you proclaim about Christ is true? In the end, our Christian life should be about Christ’s reputation and not of ours.
Are you glorifying Christ with your life? Maybe you don’t have all ducks in a row in your Christian life but are the others seeing that you live for Christ? John the Baptist said of himself and Christ that “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). John the Baptist was willing to take a backseat and let Christ shine. Are we? May we cry out with the Psalmist:
“Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of your mercy, because of your truth” (Psalm 115:1).