He Must Become Greater
How would Jesus introduce you to a crowd? How would He describe you? What if Jesus described you by saying, “No one who has ever been born to a woman is greater than __________.” (Insert your name)!
How would you respond? Jesus used these exact words to describe John the Baptist in Matthew 11:11: “Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist.” When John the Baptist heard this, he replied, “He [Jesus] is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie” (John 1:26-27). And later John proclaims, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
It’s interesting that John didn’t politely say, “He should increase” or “I want Him to increase” or even “It would be nice if He increased.” John’s declaration was not simply being courteous to the Son of God; rather it was an expression of a focused life and ministry.
John’s mission was simple and clear: Jesus must increase, and I must decrease. There are three points I believe we can learn from John’s example.
1. We should make Jesus the center stage in our lives.
2. John found great joy and purpose in pointing others to Jesus and that’s our purpose in life as well.
3. Jesus must be elevated, honored, exalted, focused on, cherished, enjoyed, amplified, and adored above all else in our lives.
Grab a cup of coffee, pen, paper and for the next fifteen minutes I encourage you to join me in asking yourself the following questions:
Who or what is center stage in your life? Throughout the day, do you think mostly about your needs, your wants, and your life? If so, how can you make Jesus the center stage this week? Remember, what we focus on most is what we value most.
Are you pointing others to Jesus? Do you step outside your comfort zone to share Christ? If not, what is preventing you from doing so?
How are you elevating and honoring Jesus above all else in your life?
I encourage you to make it your lifetime passion to make Him the Famous One. You will experience great joy and purpose when He increases and you decrease.
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