This is the "selfie generation". Just in case you don't know what a selfie is, it is a picture someone takes of himself or herself. As you can see in the above picture, I even got in on the action and snapped one of myself one day too.
It seems to be the craze these days. Celebrities are doing it. The Pope did it. Even our nation's President did it.
I guess there's no real harm in doing it once or twice. But there are people today who get a little obsessed with this practice and constantly flood the internet with picture after picture of themselves. It seems to scream out, "Hey everybody, look at me!"
You know who would NOT take a selfie? John the Baptist. If he were around today, that most certainly would not be on his to-do list.
A long time ago, John the Baptist said this: "He must increase, but I must decrease." (John 3:30) He was talking about Jesus. John's point was simple yet powerful: He wanted people to see more of Jesus and less of himself. He wanted Jesus to be center stage and himself to exit the stage.
John the Baptist did not want to call attention to himself; instead, he wanted to call attention to Jesus. And that should be our mission in life as well! We need to cast the spotlight way more on our Savior and way less on ourselves.
Jesus can forgive sins.
Jesus can save souls.
Jesus can break addictions.
Jesus can change hearts.
Jesus can rescue sinful, broken, hurting people and turn their lives around for good.
Let's allow people to see Jesus in our actions.
Let's enable people to hear Jesus in our words.
Let's point people to Jesus with our lives!
May we lose the selfie mentality of making life all about ourselves, and may we instead make life all about Jesus.
HE is who people really need to see.