In G. Campbell Morgan‘s commentary on John, Morgan comments on John’s own recognition that he was not the foretold Christ but one who preceded the Christ and pointed to him. He says (commenting on chapter 3:22-36),
Then followed the last great statement. I have never read these final words of John without feeling their dignity and majesty. None greater ever feel from human lips. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” ….There was no unwarranted derogation of his own personality or work; but the content of the star as its lustre is lost in the rising glory of the sun.
….John the evangelist was thus showing the difference between the voice and the Word…
Surely this is what counselors must remember. Too often we want to be the sage wisdom, the Word. We want to be listened to; to be seen as wise. But, let us never forget that we are only conduit to the Word.
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Powerful word “conduit”, I immediately imagine myself as a electrical power extension cord, for it cannot do anything (John 15:5) without itself being connected to the power source (the vine – John 15:1). Interestingly enough, in the world of electricity there are some conduits (or metals) that are better conductors than others. The better (the more pure / less impurities) the conductor the more can the power flow through without hindraces; for example silver or gold are way better than copper. Makes you wonder about the incredible amount of references the Bible has about the usage of Gold and Silver. However, what type of conductor we want to be for God is really up to us.
Few things are as deflating to an inflated counselor ego than to have a client say, “you said something in our last session that really got me to think,” then he tells you what you said, and the message he took away was only serendipitously connected to your intended impact by the loosest threads. If you’re really conceited, you might nod and smile, and mumble something about how you were glad to be of help, or were hoping he’d pick up on that from the conversation.
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