Read John 3:31-35.
Today’s reading is from early in Jesus’s ministry, when he meets with John the Baptist. In fact, John is speaking in this passage, telling the crowd listening that he is not the Messiah and that the Messiah is much greater than we can comprehend. “The one who comes from above is above all.” John finds this important enough to tell us twice. Jesus is the Prince of Heaven; he is above all and knows all. Sandwiched in between the repetitious statement is that those of the earth belong to the earth. While one can assume that “one who is of the earth” means all humans other than Jesus, may I present to you the idea that those of the earth are those who either do not know God or do not believe, those who, as said in Romans 12:2, are “conformed to this world.” We are all created by God and, as said in Genesis 1:27, we are all created in his image. A piece of God is in each of us; we just need to accept it and honor it. By using the gifts God gave us, we are accepting God’s word and showing God to the world. We are then less of this earth and can speak our testimonies of God, instead of just speaking of earthly things.
Dear Lord, thank you for today and for making us in your image. Please help us to use our gifts to help others and glorify you, and please forgive us then we fall short. Help us to do better. In your holy name we pray. Amen.