“He must increase, I must decrease”


John the Baptist was baptising in the river when someone told him “More people are going over to Jesus side to be baptised!” How did John react? Did he get angry for losing his congregation, his ministry?

No, John answered:

John 3:30
He must increase, but I must decrease.

In essence, Jesus must increase and John must decrease. Indeed, this is the secret of John the Baptist’s greatness. He willingly faded into the background and let Jesus take center stage.

What humility! This is the secret for you today too. The only way for Jesus to be glorified in your life is to reduce yourself to nothing. When you’re nothing, Jesus is all people will see.

Jesus declared about John:

Matthew 11:11
Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

John the Baptist was a great man, but you can be greater than him – by making yourself lesser. Jesus must increase and you must decrease.

I am troubled by superstar Bible preachers and teachers. The sole focus is on themselves and how great they are instead of how great Jesus is. I believe that when you increase yourself, Jesus is always decreased in your life. You’ve lost his power. Why should Jesus share his glory with anyone?

Take this test: How much does the speaker talk about himself rather than Jesus? Does his stories exalt himself or Jesus? That is the pride of Satan.

One has to give way for the other, like see-saw. If you increase, Jesus decreases. If you decrease, Jesus increases. Can you be humble like John the Baptist and let Jesus take the limelight of your life?

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