Over the past two weeks, I have been extremely busy! It has been two long weeks since I posted my last blog entry because I have been involved in many things. I have scheduled to post entries over the next few weeks to share all of the things I have been doing.
Immediate reflections on this short Scripture made me analyze a few points in respect to John being "second." John's ministry was second (and was fulfilled by preparing the way of the Lord) compared to Jesus' greater ministry. John's message of baptism was second in significance to Jesus' message of the gospel. John's followers were told to follow him second, and called to follow Jesus first. It is evident that John's theological perspective changed when he met Jesus and worshiped him. He not just understood truth but practically implemented this truth in his life without hesitation. John said he "needed to decrease" and Jesus "needed to increase" in his life. Thus, his life after the baptism of Jesus was to herald the gospel and point everyone to the one who is worthy as he did when he saw Jesus come to him, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29).
What I learned over the past few weeks is that I need to continually remind myself and consider this theological reflection in my life. I realized that I need to put the Lord not just first in all things, but give him preeminence because he has preeminence over all, "And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent" (Col. 1:18). Just as John understood Jesus was greater compared to everything else, I need to do the same. My needs, wants, and desires need to be secondary to the gospel. My priorities, relationships, and life need to secondary to the will of God. Everything in my life needs to be secondary. RJ needs to be second, compared to the Lord Jesus Christ.