Daily Office Readings for Wednesday in the Week of the Second Sunday after the Epiphany: Year 2
“They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing, and all are going to him”” (John 3:26)
We should all learn from John. John did the best job he could do with no illusions about keeping his position as a baptizing servant of God as a permanent position. He told the people plainly that “He [Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
I have held positions of some responsibility in my life. I find the greatest reward for such work are not ribbons or medals but to meet my replacement and wish him or her God speed. All life is temporary. And within our temporary lives are temporary assignments. I don’t think it is healthy or prudent for the position holder or the people under his or her charge to hold such a relationship too long.
So we should take a page from John’s play book and announce in advance that the time is surely coming when leadership will evolve. Stepping out of the limelight can be its own reward.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John