John the Baptist was a Prophet tasked to announce and prepare the coming of the Lord Jesus. John was very interesting; he was unique and a little strange – he wore odd clothes, looked wild and ate strange food. Yet he was a Prophet of God who was popular and he drew the interest of all sorts of people including leaders like the Pharisees. But for me one of the great qualities that John had during his ministry was his humility, and his realization that his message was not about himself – but it was all about Jesus Christ.
John 3:30 NKJV
He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease.
In John 3:25-31, John the Baptist’s disciples were puzzled and probably jealous that Jesus was getting more attention and more followers than John.
However, John knew that his mission was to influence people to follow Jesus and not to himself. John knew that Jesus must get the glory and not him.
John’s willingness to decrease in importance and popularity showed great humility. He desired that Jesus increase in popularity while he decreased. For John, it was not about being popular, but it was about making Jesus popular.
Even in ministry, Christian leaders can be tempted to focus on their own personal achievements and the success of their institutions rather than to focus on emphasizing Christ and the kingdom of God.
Even in your own personal life. Since the moment that you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior – has Jesus been increasing in your life? Are the qualities of Christ developing more inside you – or are you still the same person you were when you became born again? Can people tell that you are a Christian and that Jesus is in you?
In our personal lives, we must allow Jesus to increase, while our flesh decreases.
Matthew 16:24-26 NKJV
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
When you become born again, it is important to realize that the desires of Jesus supersede your own personal desires; the will and plan of God supersedes your own personal will and plan. This is what denying yourself is all about.
However it is always important to realize that the plans of God are BETTER than any plans we could ever formulate for ourselves. And it takes humility to realize this.
Today. Imitate John’s attitude. In your life, let Christ increase in you.