John 3:25-30 – “Therefore there arose a discussion on the part of John’s disciples with a Jew about purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, ” Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified, behold, He is baptizing and all are coming to Him.” 27 John answered and said, ” A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven. 28 “You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘ I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’ 29 “He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made full. 30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.” NASU
One of the most powerful statements in the Bible was made by John the Baptist here in John 3 when he said of Jesus: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” That was a profound statement in the context and is a profound statement in life for each of us. It identifies a simple principle that could be illustrated this way:
To fill a bottle with water, the air in the bottle has to decrease in order for the water to increase. There must be a displacement of that which is currently occupying the space in order for another substance to replace it.
In our spiritual lives, if we do not empty out our carnal natures we cannot be filled with His divine nature. If we hold to our prejudices, we cannot be filled with His unbiased and unconditional love. If we hold to our anger, we cannot be filled with His peace. If we hold to our pride, we cannot be filled with His humility. If we hold to our own personal dreams, goals, aspirations, and desires, we cannot be filled with His. If we hold to our own identity, we cannot be filled with His.
In order for the Lord to be Lord of All in our lives, we must allow the Holy Spirit to begin the process of emptying us of Self so that we can be filled with Him. John was speaking of the status that he held among people of that day as a voice of God and made it clear that he had to begin taking a secondary role so that Jesus could move to the forefront. John repeated his assertion that “I am not the Christ” but I rejoice at the voice of the Bridegroom and now acknowledged that Jesus’ appearing brought His level of Joy to the pinnacle! That which he had lived for, worked for, preached for, and would die for, was now here! The Messiah had come and would begin the process of bringing redemption to mankind and restoration of God’s purposes on the earth. John understood that it was not nor had it ever been about John but had always been about Jesus!
Sadly, many today live with wounded spirits and desperately try to defend a place, position, or title rather than emptying themselves out and being willing to become Unseen so that He can be Seen! When we meet people on the street, in the malls, restaurants, places of work, etc. it should be our objective that the not see us but See Jesus in us. It is not my desire to simply represent Jesus. It is my desire to Manifest Jesus! When they see me I want them to see Him. When they hear me I want them to hear Him. When I place my hands on them in prayer I want them to feel His touch. “I must decrease, so He can increase.”
My prayer today: “Holy Spirit help, me empty myself of myself so that I can be filled to overflowing with the Lord Jesus Christ.”
May God be with you as you go through the day and enable you to manifest Jesus to everyone you come in contact with!