John the Baptist is a very important person in the New Testament! He was a cousin of Jesus, and he was chosen to proclaim that the Messiah had come. In this famous story, John says one of the most well-known verses in the Bible – “He must increase, while I must decrease.” What a beautiful, humbling prayer! John is giving us a picture of what it means to be humble, and to seek Jesus before ourselves and our own gain.
At the same time, John stuck to his calling and serve his people by preparing the way for the arrival of the Messiah even though he knew that he had to face persecution. As children of God, we should humble ourselves to recognise God’s plan are higher than our plans. And that God wants us to serve our generation and the next, to prepare the coming of the Bridegroom for the church.
- Pray that the Next Generation would learn to lay down their crowns and take up their cross daily.
- To ask God to reveal to you on how and where you can serve the Next Generation.