“He Must Increase And I Must Decrease”

It was a Sunday night… I was in the Pastor’s office looking over my sermon. In about an hour, I would be voted on to become the new Pastor of the church
The Chairman of the search committee came in the office and we chatted. Then, he said; “I’ve been pretty visible in the church for the past year. But, you are about to become the Pastor. I’m going to step back as you step up.”
That was a very strong statement and very mature statement and it came from a very mature Christian. “I’m going to step back as you step up.
John said the same about his relationship with Jesus. John had been sent to prepare the way for Jesus. He had done that. Now that his task was done, John was stepping aside. He said, “He must increase and I must decrease” (John 3:30).
John could have been a problem for Jesus. He could have sowed seeds of doubt about Jesus with others. But he didn’t. He knew that Jesus was the Messiah. John’s task was done.
The same must happen with us. When we become Christians, we are filled with selfishness. That selfishness has to be set aside and we become more like Christ. “He must increase, and I must decrease.”
Maybe you are having problems with the fact that you aren’t as visible in the church as you once were. You aren’t serving on what you feel, are significant committee’s. Maybe you aren’t singing solo’s any longer. Maybe you aren’t teaching a Sunday School class any more. Maybe you aren’t on a church staff any more. None of that makes you any less of a person. You need to step back while someone else steps up.
If you are having trouble with this, talk to the Lord. Your old sin nature wants to hang on to the past. That needs to be set aside as you walk closer with the Lord.
“Jesus must increase, while we must decrease.”

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