Remember your first IG post? 

  • Sharing is not the end of the experience
  • IG is never just about sharing
  • Deep down in our hearts, we want to be liked and followed.
  • We want to be someone’s focus, even if it is just five seconds
  • Perhaps some of us are like the modern Narcissus from the Greek mythology
  • But as followers of Jesus, are we supposed to agree with Narcissism?  
  • Besides trying our best to get people’s attention to ourselves, is there something more in following Jesus?

Spotlights and Signposts

  • Although sidekicks are not at the centre of the story, they have a special role to play
  • Sidekicks are like spotlights which shine on the heroes
  • Sidekicks are good signposts, pointing the way, and giving out information of what is ahead.
  • What if we all become spotlights or signposts to Jesus?
  • Instead of drawing people’s attention to ourselves, we turn their attention to Jesus
  • What might a life like this look like? 

John the Baptist

  • a perfect example of what a good spotlight or signpost would look like
  • When he was questioned about his identity, he confessed that “I am not the Christ” (John 1:20)
  • He only claimed to be “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness” (John 1:23)
  • As a sidekick, he was preparing the road for the true hero to come.
  • John repeatedly introduced Jesus to the world.
  • John repeatedly humbled himself and exalted Jesus as the Messiah.
  • Like a road sign, John took every opportunity to lead people to Jesus.
  • Like a spotlight, John took every opportunity to point people to the real hero.
  • “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
  • John was content in his role as a sidekick, as a spotlight, as a signpost.
  • John understood his calling and identity in relation to Jesus.
  • By becoming a spotlight and a signpost, John became a humble and loyal messenger - pointing people to Jesus.

Becoming a Spotlight  - Pointing People to Jesus