To Grow Up Grow Down - Friday, June 16th 2017
He must increase, but I must decrease.
John the Baptist’s disciples saw that many more people were going to Jesus and his disciples to be baptized (John 3:26). We see this in other places in scripture also. People want to be in the who’s who among Christians. It’s a temptation we all face from time to time, the need to be affirmed in ourselves, how we fair among other people, and in the body of Christ. Paul deals with this specifically challenging the believers in Corinth who were having their identity connected to a specific leader.
1 Corinthians 1:13
Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
The key for our growth is allowing ourselves to decrease in our own lives and let the Lord increase in our lives. John states that it is his joy that the Lord was coming on the scene more fully and that people were following Jesus now. Can you and I say the same thing? If someone else gets a promotion at work, if you become more unpopular and someone else is elevated to higher notoriety, or it seems that all the good you have done has been forgotten are you able to humbly rejoice? Friend, we are all faced with day to day struggles and challenges in these areas of our lives in our family, at work, school, and even in our serving the Lord in the body of Christ. The question is are we willing to let Him increase that we might decrease?
Life Lesson: He must increase but I must decrease is where REAL JOY is found and the purity of the person of Jesus can be seen in us.
Lord please forgive me when I feel I need to be exalted for any reason. Please allow Your Spirit to work in my heart so that You may truly increase in all areas of my life. In Jesus' name, amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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