John 3:30 – “He must increase, but I must decrease.” NASB
We have considered the truth that John gave that if we are to enter into the fullness of the Abundant Life that Jesus promised, “He Must Increase, But I Must Decrease.” We have considered that He Must Increase in our Living and In our Loving. Today I want to move to another area in which He Must Increase.
HE MUST INCREASE IN OUR LONGING.
In Philippians 1:23 we read “…I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;” That causes me to cry out as John in Revelation 22:20, “Even so come Lord Jesus.” We are the people who are as declared in Titus 2:13, “looking for that blessed hope.” That Hope is the return of Jesus!
As we Increase in our Longing for His Return and His Presence, we find that our lives are totally and completely renovated and rearranged. We are Transformed! John spoke of that in 1 John 3:3 saying, “every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as He (Jesus) is pure.”
As He Increases in Our Longing, relationships become very important to us. Time becomes precious and we seek to redeem and make the best use of our time. We realize that the night is far spent, and we must work while it is day. We grasp the truth of Job that man who is born of woman is here only a short time. The Word of God is elevated in its power and prominence and our lives. God’s Promises become more sure and desirable. The condition and state of mankind becomes significant. We want none to perish!
He Must Increase! As He Increases in our lives, we find our hearts longing not only for His Return to but helps us become more involved in the work of God. Our commitment to Him and His Kingdom grows exponentially. Our faithfulness is increased.
He Must Increase! But, for Him to Increase I must empty myself of more and more of myself, through His Grace and enabling power of the Holy Spirit. His Increase causes our lives to be more Christ-centered. His Increase causes our love to be on things of above not things of this earth. His Increase intensifies our longing for His Return and that leads us to a life of total commitment. Eternity is at the forefront of our minds not only for us but for others.
He Must Increase, But I must Decrease! My simple prayer is, “Lord, help me and all reading this to commit ourselves to You and allow You to help us Decrease to Ourselves and Increase Your Presence in our lives.” Is He LORD OF ALL? Is He MOST IMPORTANT? Jesus says, “Come…”
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!