John 3:30 – “He must increase, but I must decrease.” NASB
I suggest that you read verses 25-30 for the full context and then couple that with Acts 3:1-16 for the extension of this attitude and empowerment by God. In my view, this is an incredibly powerful verse and expresses a foundational principle in our relationship with God. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” He cannot be more than He is, but He can be elevated in importance in my life.
John had a successful ministry. He is highly regarded by virtually everyone and even kings had a healthy respect and even fear of him. He had developed a significant following and countless lives were being impacted positively by his ministry. In today’s view, the message to John would be, “Expand your ministry, John. More campaigns, more outreach, and thereby more followers.”
John said, “It’s not about me. He must increase! I realize that for Him to increase in the view of others, I must decrease and point to Him. He is the anointed one. He is the Messiah. He holds the keys to life. HE MUST INCREASE!”
Jesus said in John 12:32, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.” There is a natural law that reveals that for one vessel to be filled with one thing it must be emptied of another. For example, if a room is to be filled with light it must be emptied of darkness. If a container is to be filled with water, it must be emptied of air. An increase in one area demands a decrease in another. For a room to be filled with heat it must be emptied of cold or vice versa.
The increase of Christ in our lives brings about a decrease of self. John understood with whom the Hope of Life lay. He knew that he (John) was only a voice, he was only the introduction, the prelude. He knew he was temporary, the forerunner, the messenger, not the message. He realized what each of us needs to acknowledge and embrace – God is to be First in All Things and at All Times in our Lives!
He Must Increase – He is the one upon whom we depend. He is all-powerful. He alone has the power to save. We Must Decrease – We are the ones in need. We are weak and frail. We need salvation. Jesus is the Hope of Humanity. He is the solution to every problem. He is the remedy. Yet, for Him to increase (and He must if we are to enter into the abundant life He came to bring), we must decrease! Jesus is building a church, a body, an army that the gates of hell cannot prevail against. He has called us to be a Marching Army filled with His Spirit and Power!
There are numerous areas and aspects of our lives that He Must Increase, and I ask you to consider those with me as we proceed. Let me address the first thought I have in this devotional.
HE MUST INCREASE IN OUR LIVING.
John 10:10 brings us the words of Jesus, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” That is incredible! What a Promise and what a Potential for us. If we are to enjoy and possess the fullness of that life – He Must Increase. He must fill my life in an ever-increasing capacity. He must increase in our lives to the greatest capacity possible.
He Must Increase His position in my priorities. He Must Increase His Position in my desires. He Must Increase His Position in my Commitment. He Must Increase His Position in my Pursuits. He Must Increase and His will must supersede mine in all things! I must “Seek Him First…”
I will pause here and allow you time to digest what I have suggested based on His Word and John’s revelation. We will address this more in the next devotional and I pray that God will help you have an increased desire to decrease so He can increase in your life.
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!