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He Increase – Me Decrease

Old Barn in North Georgia

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“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30

He must increase; therefore, I decrease. John the Baptist, as we commonly know him said this about Jesus. It’s an important part of growing. If we want to take our lives to higher ground, then He must increase, and we decrease.

So what are we talking about—increasing and decreasing? It does not mean Jesus has to increase. He is already everything possible. But in us He must increase. When we were first born again, we were pretty much the center of our universe. It was the big “I.” It was all about us.

When Jesus becomes the center of our life, His place in us must increase. “Must’ is a word the Bible translators use to mean, “it is necessary, behooves, be meet, must, ought, and should.” It doesn’t mean we have to be something before God can grant us salvation. It does mean that a true believe begins to lower the “I” in his life and raises the “He.”

Jesus becomes the center of our life. We no longer make decisions or choices without His input through the Word. It becomes more about Him in our lives. We are not so self-centered, but God-centered. We begin to see the world around us as He sees it.

That means His concerns are more our concerns. We are less taking and more giving. He first loved us so we love others. Grace has changed out thinking. He has forgiven much so that we might forgive.

We need to see Jesus grow in our lives. It’s a relationship. We learn more about Him. We read the Word and see how He responds to others and how He wants us to respond to others. As He grows bigger is us, our selfness grows smaller. He crowds out the “I.” To decrease is to understand we are of a lower rank that He is. He is the King. He is the Source. He is our Lord and Savior. Our life revolves around Him.

It would behoove us to see Him increase and we decrease, especially if we really want to see the blessings He has in store for us.