“I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”— “a voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” Mark 1:2-3 (HCSB)
Are you prepared to remain nameless? “Fishers of men” are not seeking to make a name for themselves. They are to be a voice that clearly points others to Jesus. But the voice is not to be the sticky factor, the message is.
John the Baptist was always quick to point out that his role was to prepare others for the coming of Christ. His popularity and effectiveness, however, confused people. Unfortunately, many sought to make John the Baptist a celebrity. They wanted to elevate him to the status of Old Testament Prophet. They were tempted to make John’s popularity, rather than his message, the point
But John would not have it. He would remind people that he was not worthy to even tie the shoestrings of the One he was preparing them for. He was even quoted as saying, “He must increase, I must decrease” (John 3:30)
Be careful not to allow yourself to become a distraction from the Message you are seeking to communicate as a “fisher of men.” It’s not to be about how great a communicator your are. It’s not to be about how relational and loving you may be. It’s not to be about how doctrinally sound you are.
Always remember that you are to be a messenger, not the message. It’s not about you. It’s about Him.