He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30
I don’t know that I really understood this verse until our oldest kids grew up and went out on their own. In order for them to succeed I had to step back and get out of the way as much as possible. I could no longer make decisions for them. I had to decrease my role. In a different way John too had to decrease his role. Now that Jesus had started His ministry John had to get out of the way so people could see the true Messiah. Had John continued in his prominent role many may have missed following Jesus because they were still following John.
John did something that I think many of us would have a hard time doing, he stepped aside. He recognized when his job was ending and directed followers to Jesus. That is one of the hardest thing we do is to recognize when God is telling us to step aside for someone else to take the work to a higher level. We too often let our pride get in the way of God’s work.
We also need to that we all must decrease so that God’s work will increase. Paul calls this dying to self. We will only obstruct when we let “I” get in the way of God. As God changes us the old self decreases to eventually disappear and in its place is a new creation ready for God. As we move ever closer to God we decrease so that His glory as shown in us will increase.
Have a blessed day,