Tag Archives: John 3:30

Spotlight on You

Father, I am always grateful for a new day, a new week. Lamentations 3:22-23 proclaims, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Thank You, Father, for Your love, mercy, and faithfulness!

Matthew 12:6 (<<click the green)

I addressed the fuller portion of this passage yesterday, Lord, but a note from my study Bible* jumped out at me and has given me reason to pause and think.

“If we become more concerned with the means of worship than with the one we worship, we will miss God even as we think we are worshiping him.”

Do we get so caught up in the trappings of worship that we miss You?

For me, music factors greatly into worship. Music has been a great part of my life for as long as I can remember. It helps that a come from a musically inclined family but early on, when You called me into ministry, Lord, I felt lead to go into music ministry and pursued that degree in college. My first pastoral position was as minister of music and still today, as You have lead me to become the pastor of two churches, music is a big part of what I feel is a necessary component in worshipping You.

But again I must ask, do we get so caught up in the trappings of worship that we miss You? Each week I strive to follow Your direction as I put together the many different elements of my congregation’s corporate time with You. Over and over again, even with my diligence, I am amazed as I witness Your hand at work when the hymn I selected turns out to be just the right hymn to tie everything together after the message You have given me has been delivered.

Lord Jesus, I would pray that You would always keep my heart set on You. I want everything to be the best it can be but I would pray that the “perfection” of it all would never override the importance of the spotlight shining on You…and You alone.

As John the Baptist stated in regards to You, “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” John 3:30

Amen, Lord, may that be the case.

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

Apr 9th, 2018, Mon, 6:32 am

A Tall Order

Father, today may I be a vessel used of You. All that I do and say, all that I have had a hand in, may it all be used by You to lift You up so others can see You more clearly. As John, the Baptist said of Your Son, “He must increase but I must decrease.” John 3:30 May this be my proclamation today.

1 Timothy 2:1 (<<click here)

I am called to pray, Lord, for all people”. This, obviously, is an all-inclusive statement and that is how it must be. As I think about the width of it, “all” includes a lot of people who don’t think like I do. It includes, literally millions who don’t think like You do! But You, very clearly call me to “ask [You] to help them.” You call me to “intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.” That is one tall order! And the thing is that it is way more than people just not thinking like You do. They oppose You! Many deny Your very existence! But You called us to pray for them, to ask that You help them, to intercede on their behalf, to be thankful for them! Yes…that is a tall order but how can I do anything less. All I have to do is to look at our relationship – Yours and mine. Have I done anything to deserve Your love? No… Am I worthy in and of myself, to be accepted by You? No… The only thing that enables this sinner to stand in Your presence is that fact that I have accepted Your love and forgiveness – grace has been extended and gratefully accepted. (Thank You, Lord…)

Lord, help me to pray, and intercede and thank You for those who are not a part of Your family…yet!  And help me do it one person at a time, each and every day!

August 28th, 2015, Fri, 6:49 am

The Big Picture

Father, I am ever growing…ever learning. May I always be longing for more of You in my life… more of Your love… more of Your wisdom. I would claim John the Baptist’s statement in regards to You as my own, “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 3:30) Amen.

Revelation 1:8 (<<click green)

One of the difficult things of life, Lord, as we live it, is how limited it is. We are born and in the scheme of things, live a few short years and then we die. Some may leave a long-lasting legacy but for the most part, we are forgotten after a couple of generations.

We read King Solomon’s book of Ecclesiastes and has anything changed in almost 3000 years? He writes,

“Everything is meaningless…completely meaningless… Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.” 1:2,8

We find absolutely no hope in the finite…

But You, Lord? You are not finite but infinite! Only in You do we find hope. This verse in Revelation proclaims Your all-encompassing existence. You are “the Alpha and the Omega (the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet) the beginning and the end.” As a footnote in the Amplified Bible puts it, “this verse is an expression of God’s absolute supremacy over all things.” Speaking of You it states,

 “…Who is [existing forever] and who was [continually existing in the past] and Who is to come, the Almighty [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all].”

You, Lord, are what makes life worth living. In and of ourselves we are limited – You are unlimited. We can only see the here and now, and even that is quite often cloudy – You see everything – the big picture, all the little nuances, all the connections and overlaps – all inclusive, nothing missed. Where King Solomon saw only meaninglessness, You, Lord, in seeing it all, see the meaning!

We have meaning. We have purpose… in You. And as the old Gospel song goes. “We’ll understand it better by and by.” Amen.

June 12th, Mon, 6:18 am

Drive the Formula

Thank You, Father, for a good day yesterday both in worship and with family. As this day gets underway several needs come to mind. Several family members are struggling with physical issues today and I would ask that Your hand be upon each person. May Your presence be known. May they have a portion of Your strength. May they be encouraged, knowing that Your children are lifting them up in prayer today. And if it is Your will, please place Your healing touch upon them all. Amen

1 Peter 3:8 (<<click here)

Lord, one of the greatest benefits of being a part of your family is that You set us up to succeed. We are often not successful when we allow “fleshly” – sinful – elements to filter into the mix. But if we keep our eyes on You and off the world we can accomplish great things.

Peter gives us an excellent formula. We are all to be of “one mind” – unified, pursuing the same goals. So many endeavors fall apart because we all have different agendas and quite often we push for things that benefit ourselves. Working together provides a bond and helps us to filter out fleshly elements.

We are called to “sympathize with each other.” Working together in a dedicated fashion we can’t help but see each other – we are drawn together. As we interact, our needs and struggles begin to surface and instead of driving us apart or allowing it to ostracize certain members of the whole; our interactions should enable us to respond with helping hands and receptive hearts to the needs of others.

This unity and sympathy is a natural outpouring of our “love” for “each other.” Love is our motivator and “covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8) It’s the glue that holds us together. After all, Lord, Your “are love.” (1 John 4:8)

Another portion of the formula is to “be tenderhearted.” As we love each other, and as we become more and more like You, we become more sensitive to the thoughts and needs of others. And because of that love, our heart’s desire is to meet those needs – to love others not just with words but by what we do, as well.

And lastly, we are to keep “a humble attitude.” Others first, self last. Our desire becomes for others to succeed and to rejoice with them when they do. As John the Baptist states in John the Apostle’s Gospel, You, Lord, “must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 3:30) You are to be first and foremost in our lives and as we live out that truth, our goal becomes the same in our relationship with others.

Lord, may this formula drive my actions each and every day with those whom I would interact. May who I am reflect Your presence in my life. Amen.

Jan. 2nd, Mon., 6:27 am

Mold and Shape Us

Even at this early hour, Father, many things are running through my mind – joy in seeing Your mighty hand at work in the life of a newborn recovering from life changing surgery – thinking, with a heavy heart, of events which transpired at work yesterday and what it means for parties involved – a gamut of emotions but though I feel both joy and sorrow the depths of what I feel is nothing compared to the joy the mother of the newborn is feeling or the sorrow of the life changing events with which  the individual from work is dealing.

And, Father, You permeate the mix – You are right there with us, rejoicing when we rejoice and there to console us in our loss. But what is our response to You? It is easy to give You praise in the midst of blessing… but can we do so in times of heartache? If we can, it would help us. Sometimes we are able to do so but only after a period of time.

There are times when, because of our own actions, we experience heartache. We did something we should not have done or we didn’t do something we should have done. Either way we must deal with the consequences. It may seem odd but praise is appropriate. We can praise because now that it is exposed we can deal with it – no more hiding, no more denying, no more avoiding it. Even if sin is involved we can praise because if we repent, You love us and will forgive – new slate, new start – move on.

We can praise in that everything we experience in life can be built upon. You use it all to mold and shape us into what we need to be – even the bad stuff can be used. It can make us more sensitive to the plight of others. It can strengthen our own fortitude so as not to fall again. It can be a catalyst to move us on to bigger and better things. It can help us see the importance of our relationship with You – more dependence on You and less on ourselves.

Lord, help me this day to “rejoice with those who rejoice” and “mourn with those who mourn.” Romans 12:15 Remind me to pray for them and help me to remember that in my walk with You, that You “must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30 Amen.

May 11th, Tues, 5:51 am