He Must Increase

John 3:28-30 WEB

You yourselves testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before him.’ [29] He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. This, my joy, therefore is made full. [30] He must increase, but I must decrease.

As people were drawn to Christ, John the Baptist was able to stand aside. He was great at being second. It gave him joy to see the people go to Christ, the bridegroom, to receive forgiveness for their sins and be baptized. John understood the critical thing, that Jesus was meant to increase while he was meant to decrease. It’s hard to be famous for Christ and then have him move the anointing to another. Charismatic leaders can often go right on as if nothing had changed. They can use their natural social acumen to keep the attention focused on themselves when what they should be doing is rejoicing to hear the voice of those anointed by the Father. There are times when the Lord closes a door to one person and leaves it open for another. It is very hard to step aside and let another pass through. Jesus said that John was the greatest prophet ever born (Luke 7:28 WEB). John’s ability to decrease while Jesus increased was praiseworthy.

Lord Jesus, please help me refrain from drawing unnecessary attention to myself and instead help me point others to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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