I love how John talked about Jesus and how he put himself aside so that Jesus would get all the attention. People believed that John might be the Messiah but John insisted that the One who was to come was bigger than him. John was sent to tell the world about the light that was to come. Jesus was that light. John was just a witness who knew that Jesus was Lord. He described Him as Someone who would come after him and who was greater than he was. I can only imagine how people hung onto John’s every word and they might even have been fascinated by him thinking he was a special messenger from God. However, John remained humble and he didn’t change his narrative. He promoted Jesus and exalted Him before men. Even before people saw Him in the flesh. John understood that the Lord had to be lifted up and introduced as the Most Important One. No matter how people perceived him and how much they fed his ego by comparing him to great men of God, John still said he had to decrease so that the Lord could increase. One Bible translation says “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” What a great attitude! What a great perspective! What a great mindset! I strongly believe that we should follow in John’s steps and walk the way he walked. Walk a humble walk where Jesus increases and we decrease. We should be of the same mindset and do all we can so that Christ in us is bigger than ourselves.
Today I want to encourage you to let Jesus become greater and greater in your life. I want to encourage you to decrease so He can increase. How can you do that? You can make Jesus your priority. You can listen to Him more than you listen to your mind and to your own desires. Let the desires that go against Him die. Don’t nurture them and don’t give them a voice. Stifle the desires that separate you from God. Put your flesh under and let your spirit connect and be in sync with the Holy Spirit. There are daily battles within. There is the battle of the mind and the battle of the flesh. They are intertwined and related. In the Bible we are told to renew our minds and we are informed that our flesh is weak but our spirit is willing. We need to focus on the spiritual and diminish the acts of the flesh. Friend, your spirit longs to see Jesus lifted up. Your spirit wants to honor Jesus. Your spirit wants to give Him first place and repress your flesh. Give yourself a chance to have a stronger spiritual life. Be led by the Spirit of truth. Resist your flesh. Fight against the carnal desires and side with the Lord.
Becoming a fan of Jesus is not a bad thing at all. It is highly recommended and it is a great way to let Him become greater and greater. Many people have all sorts of idols. Many people would do anything to meet their idols. We can meet Jesus every day. We can pray and talk to Him every day. We can put Him on a pedestal and invite Him into our lives every day. He will only become as big in us as we allow Him to be. It is our job to make time for Him and to reverence Him. He won’t force Himself into our days. Our days can be so much better when He is the center of them. I have been learning how to incorporate Jesus into every part of my day and it has been a great journey. He helps me see people differently. He helps me love more. He helps me listen more. He helps me serve more. The more we walk in love, the more we serve others and the more we yield to the directives of the Holy Spirit, the greater Jesus will be in our lives. Let’s decrease. Let’s increase Jesus every day. Let’s give Him first place and let’s take His Word seriously. He must become greater and greater so we can become less and less. May God bless you and protect you and remember He will always love you!
Suggested reading: John 1:15; John 3:30-35; Colossians 1:18