Who We Can and Cannot Be

Michael Beck

“I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me …” (Isaiah 45:5)

God has appointed every one of His children a place of service. He calls and equips us to faithfully serve Him. We all have our different missions. Each of us is a member of the Body of Christ. We may be an eye, a hand, a foot; but we cannot be the Head. All are to “hold the Head.” (Col. 2:19)

Oh may we never deem ourselves to be anyone’s Savior. John the Baptist refused to usurp the place of Jesus in men’s hearts. “And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.” (John 1:20) John pointed away from himself to the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world. He did not fear his decrease from men’s lives. He understood his limited role, and rejoiced that Jesus would remain and become the focal point. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)

Of John, Jesus said: “He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.” (John 5:35) This is our call: to be a burning and shining light in people’s lives for a season. While here we are to constantly point them to the One who is greater than we are; making sure they know that their salvation is not found in clinging to us, but in holding on to Him. We can do our part; but we can never be who He is.

“When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.” (Psalm 27:10)

“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms …” (Deuteronomy 33:27)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.