“So they came to John and told him, “Rabbi, the one you testified about, and who was with you across the Jordan, is baptizing—and everyone is going to Him.” (John 3:26)
“…He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
And the question is, are we willing to learn this most fundamental truth?
Can I handle decrease, even if everyone around me is increasing?
Can I step back instead of stepping up? Can I fade, or does that thought threaten something in me, some kind of need for affirmation? Can my sense of worth handle becoming less significant so that Jesus becomes the all in all He is meant to be?
Can I resist becoming offended when people go to Jesus instead of coming to me?
In my marriage. As a parent. In friendship. In my work. In ministry. As the Church.
Am I willing to become unseen, even after fighting my whole life to be seen? Oh my. That one hits me right in the social media plexus.
This topic could be fluffed up with a lot of words, but let’s not do that today. Today, let’s concentrate on one question –
What would it look like to decrease?
Because Jesus must increase.
It can be painful, or painless, depending on how much we are prepared to become less so that He becomes more.