We’ve all been fed lines about what our greatest enemy could be.
Everything from drugs, to alcohol, to demons, and even the ultimate adversary of the Devil has worn the title of “greatest enemy”.
It’s tough to consider that you’d want to do something good and there’d be resistance to it. Why wouldn’t the whole world want you to get better, to do the right thing? (see John16:33)
Right now you have an enemy that could derail your capacity to follow Jesus.
And that enemy is reading this blog.
Yep. That enemy is reading right along with you right now.
Your greatest enemy might not be those things we’ve so readily identified as enemies through the years, but it might, instead, just simply be yourself.
In the third chapter of the Gospel of John, John the Baptist is faced with a serious situation. Some of his followers are leaving to go listen to a new preacher down the street. The guys that have been following him are concerned. They’re worried about their numbers that seem a little down and the number of people coming to hear this new preacher. His disciples start complaining.
John replies: “He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:30 NIV)
The new preacher with the larger crowds was Jesus.
Jesus is the messiah. Jesus came to rescue us from sin. Jesus is God’s Son.
John the Baptist was simply preparing the way. He wasn’t confused about who he was.
“He must become greater” because I’m not the Messiah and I can’t ransom the world from sin.
“I must become less.”
The greatest enemy to a growing relationship with Jesus is a large ego. You have to lose you, so there might be less of you, if there’s ever going to be more of Jesus.
Let go of you and get more of Jesus… sounds like a good deal to me!