Less Is More
We are living in times where our Christian faith is being questioned, the standards being held to torn down and our basic lifestyle choices dismissed. We live in a world that thinking of someone else more highly than yourself is an unheard of or foreign concept. Saying that we want less of ourselves and more of God is laughable to the majority of people.
Romans 12:3 says…For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
We have been afforded far more grace than we deserve and really have no justification to think too highly of ourselves.
It is noted in John 3:30 that John the Baptist said…”He must increase, but I must decrease.”
John the Baptist was the man who famously prepared the way for the Lord. He was an incredibly humble man who knew his purpose in life. John the Baptist wasn’t full of himself, brimming with pride. His purpose was to point people to Jesus Christ, and he spent every ounce of his energy and every minute of his time here on earth to fulfil that purpose. Less of me and more of You, Jesus!
By the time we get to the passage in John 3, a debate had risen essentially comparing the ministries of John the Baptist and Jesus. I realise it may sound ridiculous, but isn’t that what we do? Our nature as people is to compare and contrast. We love to compare and see how we measure up against others.
Our desire for recognition wouldn’t be such a problem if it didn’t tend to replace Jesus as the focus of our attention. Life cannot be all about us and all about Jesus at the same time. Will we live to draw attention to ourselves? Or will we focus on the privilege of knowing and experiencing Jesus more intimately in and through our lives? Less of us and more of Him.