Faith In Action ‘We Must Decrease’

John the Baptist’s declaration that ‘He must increase, but I must decrease’ seems to negate any thought of personal achievement, recognition or material gain.

We may feel this is a unrealistic standard the truth is John lived what he preached, shunning the outward trapping of a successful ministry even by the standards of the age when he lived.

God always gives us a choice whether to simply imitate the people around us or to live life according to His definition of success.John the Baptist was able to carry out his ministry because he kept the right perceptive on his God-given assignment.

He knew his job was to prepare the way for someone greater, he was merely Christ’s forerunner and not The Christ. He understood that Jesus ministry would grow and expand and that any glory belonged to Him.

John the Baptist life, tells us to ask three soul searching questions:

!. Who sets the standard we use to measure success?

2. What are the motives and behavior in pursuing success?

3. What price are we willing to pay for success.

If it is our own success it could come at a dreadful cost. If we are living a life in obedience to Our Lord and Our Friends requirements we always have His help.

Jeremiah 29 Verse !1: {NKJV} “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, say the Lord thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope’.

It is easy to see why we ourselves must decease and allow Our Lord, Our Redeemer and Our Friend to increase in our lives.

God Bless

OFJ

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