A Default Mode of Always Re-centering on Jesus

  “You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I’m not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him… I am filled with joy at his success. He must become greater and greater, and I (John the Baptist) must become less and less.’” John 3:28–30 (NLT)


Lord Jesus, is there such a thing as “redemptive envy”? We’d love to have the kind of joy you generated in John. Even before either of you were born—while you were in Mary’s womb and he was in Elizabeth’s, he leapt for joy just being in your presence (Luke 1:39–41).

Grant us this Spirit-fruit, Jesus—a joy that would turn the lights out on our pity-parties, and sabotage our penchant for comparing ourselves to others. A joy that would fill our heart-sails with your beauty and goodness, and free us to live and love to your glory.

John’s life wasn’t always easy (Luke 7:19-23), and he didn’t just go to sleep and wake up in heaven one day (Matt. 14:1-12). But it was a life of substantive meaning, palpable joy, with a default mode of always re-centering on you. We want the same for ourselves, Jesus. As surely as you wrote John the Baptist’s story, so you’re writing ours.

You know what’s not easy for us right now; and you know the day and means by which you’ll welcome us into heaven. Until then, free us from even glancing at temporal “saviors”; and free us from acting like we’re anybody’s messiah. May you become greater and greater in our gaze, thinking, and loving. You’re the Point, we’re the beloved pointers. So Very Amen.