Have you ever had an eye infection? I know. You are thinking, “my goodness, what a way to start a devotional thought.” It a valid question though. It can be an irritating problem, and if left untreated, can result in a loss of vision. The definition of “vision” is: the faculty or state of being able to see. If an eye infection is allowed to spread it can take away a fundamental human ability. I remember, one time, my brother’s dog scratched my cornea. This resulted in excruciating pain, and since it was in my better eye, I could not see for a few days. Saying it was unpleasant is definitely an understatement.
I am not talking about this type of eye though...my spelling is wrong. I am talking about an “I” infection. This infection essentially has the same definition. The symptoms come from an overabundance of “I” and can result in a loss of “being able to see”. When we have this type of infection, we lose the ability to see what God is doing in the world around us and we succumb to the temptation of seeking to glorify ourselves. We think that Christ came to make us happy instead of holy. We think that the church exists to feed us instead of to send us to feed. We lose sight of the glory of God and only desire the gifts He gives.
In this passage, John has already spent time cultivating and ministering to a good group of disciples. The people who heard him speak knew that he was someone special, and God had anointed him. Since he was full of God’s spirit, he was able to use his life to point people to Jesus and not simply gain popularity. This is exactly what focus we should have as believers.
Prayer for today: Father God, empty myself of me. Use my life as a witness and help me point others to you. I want your desires to be my desires. Help me to make you greater in my life. Amen
This post was written by Rev DeCrastos. You can find his blog here: ministrysauce.com