He must increase, but I must decrease.”
The intentional, honest humility in this statement is nothing short of amazing. John has invested his entire life preaching, teaching and leading people; yet, he never lost sight of his primary purpose: preparing people for the coming of the Messiah. Now, as he realizes his task is complete, he humbly states the joy he realizes through the increase of Lord Jesus. How can we internalize such a spirit? How does this attitude begin to infiltrate our outlook on life and success? Our success also is found only when Christ’s influence increases through us and our personal driven agenda and influence decreases. He MUST increase. We MUST decrease. The two go hand in hand. As He increases we will naturally decrease. Life is found in this trade-off, if you will, and thus the one who intentionally commits himself to this truth will naturally face resistance from the enemy of our souls, the earthly nature of the flesh and the brokenness of this world. Decreasing is not a painless process. It is counterintuitive, uncomfortable and painful at times. It is accomplished only by God’s work in our lives.