More of God, Less of Me - John 3:30

Verse of the Day - Day 121

More of God, Less of Me
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Today's Bible Verse:

John 3:30
"He must increase, but I must decrease." (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: More of God, Less of Me

These are the words of John the Baptist, telling his disciples to glorify Jesus Christ and not him. John's followers were missing the point of John's mission. John came to usher in the Messiah, to magnify Jesus Christ and lead people to the Savior.

Sometimes as believers we can be going about our ministry, not realizing that we are getting in other people's way. We block the view, so to speak, and keep others from seeing God when there is too much of us in the way. 

This excerpt from a hymn by Charles H. Gabriel (1906) explains my meaning. It also makes a great little prayer for asking the Lord to increase in us, that we might decrease:

More Like the Master

More like the Master I would ever be,
More of His meekness, more humility;
More zeal to labor, more courage to be true,
More consecration for work He bids me do.

More like the Master is my daily prayer;
More strength to carry crosses I must bear;
More earnest effort to bring His kingdom in;
More of His Spirit, the wanderer to win.

More like the Master I would live and grow;
More of His love to others I would show;
More self-denial, like His in Galilee,
More like the Master I long to ever be.

Christ Alone Be Magnified

The pioneer missionary William Carey said words similar to John the Baptist's when he was close to death.

He turned to a friend and said, "When I am gone, don’t talk about William Carey; talk about William Carey’s Savior. I desire that Christ alone might be magnified."

You've probably heard the expression, "I am my own worst enemy." In a sense this is true for all believers. Not only in ministry, but in most of my troubles, I find that my biggest problem is me.

God help us to decrease so that Jesus Christ may increase in us. Keep us from getting in the way, so that others can see Jesus Christ alone. Help us to remember:

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (ESV)

(Sources: Gangel, K. O. (2000). John (Vol. 4, p. 59). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.)

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