Lately, I’ve been reflecting on John the Baptist’s statement in the gospels:
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
The two go hand in hand, don’t they? As with children on a see-saw, both ends can’t be up at the same time. For one to go up, the other must come down. For one to increase, the other must decrease.
And if I want Jesus to shine through me to a lost and broken world, I can’t be grabbing for all the attention myself. The One must increase, and the other must decrease.
- In my thoughts and prayers, He must increase, but I must decrease.
- In my words and conversations, He must increase, but I must decrease.
- In my actions and reactions, He must increase, but I must decrease.
- In my hopes and dreams, He must increase, but I must decrease.
In all I do, I need to step down out of the way, so that Christ might be exalted and might draw others unto Himself.
It’s a little verse. But it’s a big challenge. Are you up for it?
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