John the Baptist had a purpose for his life. He was to prepare the way for the coming Messiah. His purpose was to point people to THE Christ. His primary message was, “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” Once the Christ came, he was to decrease so that Christ could increase.
How often do young people, and even older people, seek purpose for their lives? How often do they pursue understanding for who they are, and what they are to do and become? But, what if we did know? What if we did know that we were to prepare the way for something great… and then, that’s it. What if we knew that we would spend years and years of our lives dedicated to the work of preaching, teaching, calling, etc. Then it would lead up to ONE day! …one minute! …one moment! And then… what?
You’ve just spent your entire life getting ready and it’s over. Now “He must increase, and I must decrease.” None of the rest of it matters all that much. Your purpose is done, and the rest of your life is mostly meaningless. Not only for that to happen, but to know that that was going to happen. Wow, that’s tough.
I really wonder if in today’s world we could handle knowing the truth? I really wonder if we aren’t so caught up in ourselves that if God / YHWH actually told us what we wanted to know, how many of us would simply run away. There are those that would say that in those times people were made of sterner stuff. I don’t know to what extent i would agree with that. People are people. Someone may be taught to be stronger, better, wiser… whatever, but we are still made of the same stuff.
Would you or I be able to simply let go, knowing that our purpose has been served and we have nothing left but to push people away and tell them to follow something else… not because we had done something wrong, but because we had done it all right? John the Baptist was an amazing man. He lived the life that YHWH had made him f or, then when that moment was over, he decreased so that Christ could increase. I don’t know if i could do that.
Rev. John J. Camiolo Jr.