The Generous Gift of Life | Luke 1:41 | Devotional
Luke 1:41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
When John the Baptist, still in his mother’s womb, heard the voice of the one who was carrying the Anointed One of God, he leaped for joy. He would be the one who prepared the way for Jesus and, even prior to birth, John’s excitement could not be contained.
John the Baptist never lost his excitement for Jesus. John’s ministry garnered quite a following of his own. A lesser man might have used that influence to his own advantage. But John said of Jesus, “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30).
A friend is fond of asking people, “When you die, what do you want to be put on your tombstone?” Few spend much time thinking about that until it is too late. But John’s statement could be…no, should be…the tombstone statement for us all—“Jesus became greater; I became less.”
Father, remind us daily that our lives are about lifting up Jesus. Each day may we become less as we exalt Jesus. In his name we pray. Amen.