” He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30 ESV
Someplace, somewhere, sometime we shall all suffer from a severe case of stupidity. Most often it occurs when we think we have the world in the palm of our hand. The symptoms are very noticeable. Typically we feel invincible. We feel powerful. We feel in control of our destiny. Than something happens. Reality strikes. We are knocked off our high horse. Our mortality bites us.
It takes approximately three minutes without air for life to stop. It takes approximately 3 days without water for bodily organs to begin shutting down. And it takes about 3 weeks without food when the body likewise starts shutting down. What all this means is that you and I are no gods. Our physical life had a beginning and will one day end. We are not born immortal. Immortality is a gift. A gift that comes from someone who is greater, bigger, and stronger than you and I.
John the Baptist knew that his mission was to introduce Jesus the Messiah. John was not the main event. His preaching and baptizing was to prepare the people for the arrival of the Jewish King. When Jesus arrived and began to gather a following larger than John’s, he took to a teaching moment which is now quoted as John 3:30.
Jesus’ mission was to grow. John’s was to become smaller. His fame was to step aside for Jesus’ fame. His story was now to move back into the rear while Jesus’ took over the narrative. He didn’t complain. He didn’t sulk. He simply acknowledged his work was done. A ministry that lasted for a very short time. In today’s measurement of organizational success some would say a failure. Yet in Jesus’ eyes, John fulfilled his mission and later praised him among all men (MT. 11:11).
What lesson do we learned from this? It is not about the size, length, or impact of your service to others. Instead it is about being faithful to the one who sends you. It is realizing where your strength, sustenance, and resources come from. It is acknowledging who you are accountable to. When all is said and done, most of us will come to the realization that He is greater than any person. Then it becomes the question, what are you going to do about it?
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