Read: Start by reading John 1:8–9 out loud a few times.
“He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world” (John 1:8–9 NIV).
Meditate: The coming of Jesus meant that God’s very presence would be available for man to touch. He would teach those who wanted to hear, and He would heal those He chose to make well. Being in His presence would certainly make a person aware of his or her sin. Doesn’t it make sense that someone should prepare the hearts of the people so that they would believe and be ready to follow Him with a pure heart?
Read the Bible verses again, and imagine how John may have felt as he told about the Messiah that would come.
The Wycliffe Bible Commentary1 says, “The witness was designed to cause men to believe.” When men did believe, John was careful to point them to Jesus and not to take any of the credit for himself.
Of course God can choose to share Himself any way He pleases, but what a great privilege John had to prepare others to meet Jesus. John’s righteous parents probably trained him from an early age to understand the Scriptures. They were fully aware of the role John was to play in introducing Jesus to mankind. Perhaps because they were older, they could share wisdom from their many years of walking with God and obeying His commandments. Surely they told John how the angel Gabriel came to visit Zechariah and announce his birth. Elizabeth may have told John how he jumped in the womb when Mary came to visit (Luke 1:41, 44).
“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world” (John 1:9 NIV).
As Christians, His presence is in us.
- Thank Him that He is with us.
- Ask Him to allow you to be a witness today.
- Thank Him for how He has changed your life.
Notice: Each time you meet someone today, think about how John gave a witness about Jesus, and pray silently for that person’s salvation if he or she doesn’t already know God. Be intentional like John and share in ways that point to Christ. We know that Jesus is the only answer in this hurting world. We are not the answer, but His presence in us is the answer.
How will we share that message? As Christian women, we have unique opportunities to share Christ in gentle ways. Shouldn’t we prepare people to meet Jesus just as John did?
Pray: Pray now that God will give you wisdom to meet the needs of the people you see today.
1The Wycliffe Bible Commentary (Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 1990).