He was not that Light but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (John1:8)
This verse is talking about a man, who is one of his kind. The scripture exhorts him as “among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist.” (Matthew 11:11). That man, even John needed to remember and constantly repeat one truth “He was not that light.”
There is one truth every gospel worker needs to be grounded in that we are not that light; we are bearing witness to The Light. Every gospel worker from a senior pastor of a mega church to a simple evangelist in the street corner, everyone should be reminded of and repeat this truth into our lives.
Occasionally pride creeps in,
occasionally our own agenda advances,
occasionally we fall into the trap of spreading our pathetic, bogus light into the world,
and at every occurrence of that the result will be invariably devastating.
As Charles Spurgeon once said, “The Lord will always throw the sword away from his hand when that sword begins to boast itself……….so will it be with you if you set down any good thing you have ever done to yourself, God will bring you down.”
So, my fellow servants of the Great Master let me remind you, more so remind myself today, that we are not that light, but we are sent to bear witness of The Light. The glorious secret of every successful ministry seems to rest in knowing this, that He is the light and we are His little lamps.
His love is the fire,
His Spirit is our fuel,
We are just a vessel, who holds it for a while.
So, let’s keep on spreading The Light to this dark world, as we stand secure in this fire, fueled to the fullest, just remembering we are not their savior.