Not So Fast - Increasing and Decreasing
Week One, Day Two
John 3:29-30 "That joy is mine and it is now complete. He must become greater, I must become less."
Think about what it means to have complete joy. It’s like a mystical unicorn. John the Baptist had so much influence, and he used his following to lead other people to the source of joy. He knew that he had a responsibility. He also knew that the key to finding joy is centering our life around Jesus, and not ourselves. When it comes down to joy and Jesus, there is an undeniable correlation.
John goes on to say in verses 30:31-34, “The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. The man who accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.”
When I think about what must decrease in us, I think about how pitifully human we are. Oh, how that human nature rears its ugly head, doesn’t it? We speak up to 20,000 words in a day. How many of those start with “I” and push our own agenda? There are more than 7 billion people on earth. Most of us tend to walk around like we are orbiting on our own individual axis. We focus on what makes us unique as individuals but fail to become excited about what sets us apart as children of Christ. God has never spoken in vain. He spoke the world into existence and breathed us into life from the dust.
We are on day 2 of our 40-day season of drawing closer to God through fasting, prayer, and learning. As we take in more information about the character of Jesus, we face new decisions. We can either move closer to joy by directing our focus to Jesus, or we can continue to spin uncontrollably on our own axis and figure it out ourselves when something knocks us off kilter. You decide.
Mighty Jesus, we know the key to joy is allowing you to increase. When we insist on living for ourselves, we are broken, angry, anxious, and lost. God, we seek to bring glory to your name. We seek to see you in every circumstance. We seek to center our lives around you.