Thats the simple question I wondered about recently, Why John? What made him so passionate for Christ and so devoted to God that he gave up his life in order for Christ's name to be advanced?
After posing those questions I later realized a couple of days later that the reasoning behind his passion and devotion was no different than ours, excepting that he had this concept a good 2000 years or so before we figured it out. This concept is the idea that K2 and Kanakuk were created by, that God needs to be first, others second, and yourself to be third. In other words, yes; the saying I AM THIRD. John truly lived out and modeled the theme I am third to the max, for he consistently gave his desires and wants up so that Christ's own could be raised. John was a cousin to Jesus and was born before Jesus, and had gained the spotlight of the Jews of Jerusalem by baptizing them in water in the Jordan and constantly preached to them. Referring to John 1:19-28 we can even see that he is even asked if he is Christ, the Messiah to the Jews, which is a representative to how influential John really was. When he was asked if he was the Christ he gave an I am third like response to the question by saying, "I baptize with water, John replied, but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie." (John 1:26-28). He doesnt even consider himself worthy to tie Jesus' shoes!
When Christ was coming forth, John knew that he had step down from the mound and hand the ball to Jesus, so John once again put himself below Jesus so that Christ could become greater and accomplish the tasks that the LORD had set out for him. John told the people who eagerly listened to him during his testimony that,
"He must become greater, I must become less." (John 3:30)
I remind myself of that verse constantly wherever I am, whether it be at school, on the sports field, on a date, or anywhere. Keeping in the mindset of- How can I be more effective for Christ? can help you focus on what it true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8) and also keeps you humble and in the mindset of a I am third like attitude that John so faithfully strived to have.