“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
In one of his last testimonies before being sent to prison by Herod the tetrarch, John the Baptist speaks these words as his disciples are celebrating his ministry and how he foretold of Christ’s ministry. Look at his response to them:
“John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.” John 3:27
John knew that he was just a friend of the bridegroom. He knew that Jesus had received His power from His Father, and he goes on to explain why Christ must increase and his own notoriety must decrease. He wanted his followers to see Christ and not himself. This is the motive of a true follower, a real Christian.
He knew that he was just an earthly vessel, but Jesus Christ had come from above, from His Father in Heaven. He is above all. What would the world be today if we as Christians truly let Jesus increase and ourselves decrease? Instead of pointing to ourselves, we need to acknowledge that everything we are able to accomplish comes from Him! John the Baptist knew that, and he made sure to convey that message to his followers.
In a world where self-promotion and self-centeredness are rampant, this Biblical principle is hardly anywhere to be found, even in the church. We need more Christians, like John the Baptist, who instead of allowing others to point to them, will point to the One from whom all things are received!
Every thing we have is because of Him.
Every thing we strive to be will be because of Him.
Every person we point to Him is for His glory.
He > I
When we get the equation backwards we are asking for trouble. If we try to let others see us instead of Him, we have our reward. Seek to hide yourself behind the cross today. If others point to you, point them to Him!
If we were more like John, we would make our life’s goal to proclaim…
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36
Point to Him today!
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