The Right Perspective
“He must increase, and I must decrease”. John 3:30
In the Gospels, we read that crowds had been flocking to John the Baptist seeking a baptism of repentance and soaking up the words of this new stirring prophet. We notice in John 3:7, that John had even gotten the attention of both Pharisees and Sadducees – two very influential groups in that period. His ministry was in full swing and God was obviously working in his life. In fact, the Holy Spirit had been working in John’s life even before he was born; and his ministry was making quite a stir in the region.
It is interesting to note that John’s disciples started getting concerned with another prophet, Jesus, who was beginning His own ministry. In their eyes, their prophet John was getting competition. John’s disciples had connected themselves to a prophet whose influence was diminishing, while another prophet’s ministry was thriving. Concerned that John was losing disciples to Jesus’ ministry, John’s disciples approached John with a serious problem. They thought Jesus was stealing John’s followers.
However, John assured his disciples that the people were now following the right one. In John 3:30, John made it clear that Jesus must become greater; while he himself must become less. John made it clear that Jesus’s influence must increase no matter what even if it meant the end of John’s ministry. Jesus has to become greater and John must move in the background.
I love John 3:30 -- “He must become greater, and I must become less.” John put into words the attitude that every follower of Jesus needs to have. In every situation and circumstance, we point to Jesus. He is God, and God does not yield His glory to another according to Isaiah 48:11. It’s a tragedy when our service points to us and not to Him. It’s wrong when our words give glory to human beings and not to Him. We should never stand in the way of people seeing His glory.
Prayer for Today: Jesus, be the center of it all. Give me the right perspective. Help me to always remember that my life is to bring glory to You and You alone. God, remind me often of John’s words that You must increase; and I must decrease.