Let it be more of God. When we are deeply engrossed with the works of God, such as in a ministry, we may lose focus and, without knowing it, we start doing things our own way. This doesn’t only happen in ministries or church works. It may happen in our day to day life. We may be sincerely following Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, but at some point, we start exemplifying who we are and not who Christ is. It’s not wrong to show who we are. The point is, when we serve others and when we serve Christ, do people see Christ or do they see us doing the good works?
There is a tiny line between glorifying self and glorifying God when we are there in the arena actively juggling affairs in the kingdom of God.
There are two times in our life when we are most tempted to forget God — in our lowest point and in our highest point. When we are actively serving in the church, actively giving, actively sharing, and actively working in ways God called us to do, the enemy and the flesh can override us and make take a jab at our ego. This is possible if we are not sober-minded and we forget that the devil is like a prowling roaring lion seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). It is because success has its vulnerability as well. The flesh is not immune to this vulnerability even when relating to works of obedience to God.
It is crucial for any Christian to constantly set his or her mind on God. Let the will of God take over. Let His presence reign. Let His Word preside. Let His name alone be glorified.
We must decrease. When John the Baptist was baptizing at Aenon, his disciples had a discussion with a Jew and they told him that Jesus was also baptizing and that many people are going to Jesus to be baptized.
When people around us start comparing our works with others, it may breed fruits apart from the work of the Holy Spirit. It may cause us to feel jealous or even bitter. But, John the Baptist, understood His calling. He understood His place in the kingdom of God. Above all, he knew where glory belongs. It doesn’t belong to him.
John the Baptist’s reply is worth emulating.
John answered, “A man can receive nothing, unless it has been given him from heaven.– John 3:27-30 (WEB)
You yourselves testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before him.’
He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. This, my joy, therefore is made full.
He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Doing God’s works and fulfilling His will for us should make our joy full. We must decrease and let Christ increase as we do the works He called us to do.
When we put our focus to Christ alone, we are not disrupted by how people perceive us or how many follow us. Because we know that it’s never about us. It’s all about Christ. It’s never about the good works we do, but the enabling power of God in us. It’s never about how good we are, but how gracious Jesus is!
Let Jesus Christ increase! More of Him and less of us. Let His Spirit fully take us captive to align our walk to His will.
Let all glory, all honor, all praises, all adoration, and all exultation be to Christ alone.