"He must increase, but I must decrease." (John 3:30)
John the Baptist was the prophesied forerunner of the Messiah. He preached, "Repent; for the kingdom of God is coming!"
He baptized Jesus!
He warned the Pharisees that their long robes and Phylacteries were not enough to get them into the kingdom of God.
He did not heal any one, raise the dead, nor walk on water.
And, when he was informed that Jesus was making more disciples than he had, he said, "He must increase, and I must decrease." 'It is necessary that Christ increase, and I decrease.'
John understood that Jesus was bigger and more important than he was. He was willing to make any sacrifice, just as long as Christ was glorified in his life.
John knew in his heart that Jesus was Who every one needed more than their next breath!
This passage has been a staple in my Christian diet for many years. It is not important for people to remember my name, but it is absolutely imperative that people remember Jesus' name, and that they know Him!
Sadly, so many are promoting themselves above all others, including the Lord Jesus Christ.
What if John had said, "He must decrease, but I must increase." Well, now, that would be the opposite of what God expects of His disciples.
Let's not push Christ to the back burner! He needs to be up front in our lives. He needs, and deserves, to be promoted above all things. He must be first!
Jesus must increase, but Willie must decrease!
Would you be so bold as to say, "Jesus must increase, but ________ must decrease"?
From my heart to your heart.