“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
– John 3:30
This is one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible. It is a few words, powerful words, spoken by a humble friend and servant of Jesus.
John the Baptist was different than most in appearance and habits. But he was also somewhat different from many other Christ followers, then and now. John knew Jesus was the Messaih. John the Baptist also realized he had been anointed by God to tell others about Jesus. He was to tell others to follow Jesus, not him. In order to do that, John had to decrease; he had to humble himself as a servant, telling others to follow some one else rather than his own ministry. But that was the only way to accomplish the work he had been called to do. The presence and identity (The Light) of Jesus had to increase.
The same is true for Christ followers and ministry leaders today. He calls us to task of sharing the Good News with others. It’s not easy. The enemy is always trying to shift our focus. Like John the Baptist, we have to humble ourselves and pray to stay grounded and not caught up in in worldly teasers to be the best.
It it not about us.