John the Baptist preached powerful messages, and lives were changed by his words. He also gathered loyal followers; at least that was the case until Jesus came along. Once Jesus started preaching, people left John’s gatherings and joined the crowds listening to Him. Under the circumstances, there was a lot John could have been bitter about (and many would have sympathized with him). However, John’s distinguishing trait wasn’t his ability to call-out the Jewish leadership, it was his tenacious hold on the mission. He rejected the divisive talk about the ones following Jesus, embraced his situation, and pointed to Christ by saying this:

“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. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. He must increase and I must decrease.” – John 3:29-30 NKJV

John blazed onto the scene like a zealous, fiery comet; but his goal wasn’t fame. He humbly embraced what was laid before him and trusted God with the details. There may be moments today where the increase/decrease question hangs in the balance for you. What will your response be? “He must increase and I must decrease.”

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5 Responses to Decreasing

  1. So much to consider here. I love this… and long for this to be the story of my life because as I decrease and Christ increases, I truly find my life… and true eternal significance! Fantastic post, Chris. Thank you.

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  2. Great post Chris. I actually have John 3:30 engraved on my wedding ring. The verse means a lot to us and has become foundational in our marriage. We sometimes have to lay our rights and ideas down, humbling ourselves before the Lord, so that He will be the greatest part of our life. Thanks for your words.

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