ABCS Weekly Devotional: A Loose Grip

We’ve continued to ask different people to tell us about their “why” in their ministry area, today we hear about Finance from James Wiederstein, Finance Assistant.

An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.  You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him. ’The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.” – John 3:25-30

This story in the Bible reminds me that my position at Arizona Baptist Children’s Services, in my church, and even in my relationships is not something that I can hold onto with too tight of a grip. My roles in these places have been given to me to be stewarded well and to grow in faithfulness. Of course, I care about my roles in each place, but my ultimate goal and reward is to know Jesus and savor Him more. While this doesn’t come easily or without failing, my hope is that I would be humble and remember that what I do is not about me, but about God and His mission for the people whom I am able to serve. When I seek to make things about me or gain recognition for something I’ve done, I rob unbelievers of seeing the glory of God and pride myself above the King. Like John said, “He must become greater, and I must become less.” Even when I strive to do well at what I do, I do not want to forget the ultimate prize. I am reminded that any success or prosperity I may gain from any of my roles can never fully satisfy my thirst for joy; only bowing to the Lord and being accepted by Him can complete my joy in this life.