‘Not Seeking the Spotlight’ – John 1:19-21

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This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.” “Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?” “No,” he replied. “Are you the Prophet we are expecting?” “No.”

— John 1:19-21 NLT

Illustration of John 1:19-21 NLT — "No."

Key Thought

Who are you? What would you do to be viewed as important by others? How much does your acceptance by others matter? I don’t know about you, but these are convicting questions for me. Most of us are not happy living our lives in the shadow of someone else, no matter how important that person is. Most of us want to be viewed as significant. John the Baptizer, however, lived a life of importance BECAUSE he chose the shadows and pointed others to Jesus, the Light. He directed his followers to Jesus. He refused to be called the Messiah they were seeking. God was pleased with John’s choice! Jesus said of him, “John was like a burning and shining lamp, …” (John 5:35). May the same also be true of each of us!

Today’s Prayer

Almighty God, I ask that you make my role in your Kingdom clear. I not only want to be faithful, but I also want to be fruitful. Please show me where you want me to serve and empower me to serve with a heart of humility and grace. My prayer is that you will be glorified in my life and that I will be found faithful in your sight. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 7:18
  • John 12:42-43
  • Galatians 1:10

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day’s scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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