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It is so important that as God blesses us to do ministry that we stay in our lane. We cannot go outside of the places that God has blessed us and do anything. He gives each of us certain gifts and various responsibilities. I would argue strongly that far too many people covet another’s gifts. Consequently, we try to do things in the name of the Lord that He has not equipped us to do. It is then that we fail miserably and at the same time, dishonor God. We must be content in whatever the Lord has equipped us to do and do it for His glory. We need to know who we are and whose we are and not allow anything or anyone push us to do something we have not been assigned by God to do. The scripture lesson today, in John 3:28, speaks of staying in your own lane.

“You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for Him.’”

John’s disciples confront him, and explain that the man on the other side of the Jordan River is baptizing people. Everyone is coming to Him instead of coming to John. John knew exactly who he was and what he was called to do. He indicated that he, himself, was not the Messiah, not taking credit for anything knowing that all He did was preparing the way for the One who would come after him. John says, “He must increase, and I must decrease.” John was content to do what He was called to do and was not moved by His disciples who were upset because the people were not coming to him. There is a valuable lesson here. We are only the sheep. He is the great Shepherd. We are under His command and cannot take credit for what we do, for all glory and honor belongs to Him. May you recognize that you are only clay in the Potter’s hands.