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