Devotional

Time to Say Goodbye

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.” (Psalm 75:7)

We don’t decide how important we are. God uses all men as He wills, for His own purposes. As great as he was, there was a time for John the Baptist to step down. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30) He had paved the way for One greater than himself. Now it was time for him to get out of the way.

We dare not sing, “How Great I Am.” None of us are indispensable. God’s work on the earth was dependent on only one Man – the one greater than John. And the essence of John’s greatness was that he did not exalt himself – he pointed to Christ. “… Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)

God’s demotions are not always because of pride. At times, He sits down His choicest servants. Don’t overstay your welcome. When God says, “It’s time to go,” leave graciously.


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.