Jesus described John the Baptist as the greatest man born of woman (Matthew 11:11) and as a “shining light” (John 5:35). What made him such a radiant witness? Answer: he never spotlighted himself. In fact he consistently pointed away from himself to Christ: “He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:30) This is the secret of the greatest witness to Jesus the world has ever seen. Through suffering and through astonishing humility John shone brighter than anyone else. If we want to shine, if we want to witness to Jesus, let us follow in his footsteps.
PRAY for the humility of John the Baptist and that through our “becoming less”, others would have an enlarged vision of Christ.