John 3:26 ” They came to John and said to him, ‘Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan – the one you testified about – well, He is baptizing and everyone is going to Him. ‘ “

John the Baptist had been very plain to his followers that he was not the Messiah, but rather sent ahead to proclaim His coming.  But his followers could only see Jesus as competition.  As the Ministry of Jesus was just starting up…the Ministry of John the Baptist’s was winding down…and John was content with this, but not his followers.  For jealousy had  reared its ugly head as they watched their crowds dwindle, and the crowds around Jesus grow larger. I’ll be the first to admit there’s been times when I’ve seen the awesome  move of God in a person and a twinge of jealousy will resonate deep inside.  “Why can’t  that be me, Lord?” I whine pathetically .  John the Baptist knew the plan and purpose of his life so  he didn’t have to  view Jesus as a rival, but rather rejoiced with Him in God’s work being accomplished.  The Lord’s work shouldn’t be a contest, where all of us are jockeying for attention and resentful when someone else is used by Him.  Rather than being jealous, we should be rejoicing for each other.

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