Scripture to Read: John 3:22-36
Greater is a word that means prominent, eminent, important, distinguished, illustrious, celebrated, honored, acclaimed, admired, esteemed, revered, renowned, notable, famous, famed, well-known, leading, top, major, principal, first-rate, matchless, peerless, star. All of us, if we’re honest, would love to be described by any of these words. Our ego, pride, basically our flesh hungers for this kind of recognition from anyone we know. In John 3:28-30, we find John the Baptist tells his followers that he is not the Christ (the Messiah), but he is Christ’s messenger, to let people know Christ was coming. John uses the illustration of a wedding party and calls himself one of the groomsmen for the Bridegroom. The groomsman is at the wedding in support of the Bridegroom. The groomsman is there to stand with the Bridegroom and is excited to hear His voice as the Bridegroom proclaims His love for His bride. Then John the Baptist says, in John 3:30, “He must become greater; I must become less.” We, as believers, are here as living, breathing, walking, serving testimonies of who Christ is. We must choose to die to what our flesh hungers for and live our lives in a manner worthy of Christ. We must proclaim Him and honor Him in all we do, say, and think. We know we have all we need to live for Christ. The question we need to answer is this, “When someone comes across my path, do they walk away knowing Christ or simply knowing me?”
Challenge & Application
What evidence do you see in your life of you becoming less and Christ becoming greater? How will you share this truth with others this week?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!