“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
– John 3:30
I’ve always seen this scripture, on Pinterest, on Facebook and even on shirts, coffee mugs, mobile covers. And whereas I think it’s a beautiful verse, I find myself thinking, do people know what that verse really means? I mean you can read something and understand it but your mind does not comprehend the meaning behind it.
It reminds me of dangerous prayers, where you pray something but not realizing what you’re really asking God for. What you’re really declaring.
And for me, this particular verse is a powerful verse that has the ability to change your heart and your life once you declare this scripture over your life.
He must increase.
The past week has been a challenging week for me – God has been taking me on a journey where I learn that He must come first, and that’s even before ministry! I always thought that even as I seek Him to share with me what He would like me to say in my devotions/posts for the ministry, it was a way of spending time with Him too.
Don’t get me wrong, it is a way to spend time with God, but what He taught me was, He still comes first, before ministry.
It’s like with being a pastor, you spend your week preparing for next Sunday’s sermon, so you have to seek God for guidance. You get your topics and your message to the sheep from Him that way, right?
My lesson was, God wanted me to seek Him ALONE. Not have a reason to seek Him. I had to learn to just seek Him without any motivation for doing so – not to get word to share, not to get a topic, not to find the right scriptures to share, but to just let it be me and him. Just the two of us, dancing together.
So something that I want to share and remind you of today – it’s the same as we mentioned in fasting and prayer: we shouldn’t have to come to God when we need something, we should WANT to come to God out of our own free will. To reach a place where it becomes all about just you and Him together, alone. Before everything else.
When you’re in that place, and He’s first in everything. Then we can add all the other things.
“And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.”
– 2 Corinthians 8:4
The scripture I just listed above was my lesson for the week. God was telling me to give myself to Him first, then to everything else.
He must increase. More of God, more of Jesus. Less of you, and less of the world. Less of everything else, because He must increase.
I must decrease.
In such a busy world, where so much is demanded of us – we have to yet learn to decrease so that we can increase more of God in our lives.
Is there something taking priority in your life over God at the moment? Do what you can to decrease the priority.
Step away if you have to, make some changes. Do you what you can to decrease, but God must increase. The presence of God must increase. It must take priority.
You must put God first. It is vital that He comes first. When God is first, everything in our lives began to change and flourish. God takes you on journeys to places that you never knew you could go before. You receive this sense of peace and clarity that can make a foggy day seem like a ray of sunshine.
“One thing that I have desired of the LORD, that I will seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple.”
– Psalm 27:4
I want to be so in love with God, that He is my first priority in the morning. That before I do anything else for the day, or come to Him for anything else, I want to seek Him first, I want to worship Him first, I want to pray and thank Him first. I want it to be just “me and God”
Lord, teach me to seek you above all things. Teach me to look to you first before I look to you for anything else. Teach me to just appreciate you in the moment. To shut off my busy world, and my life for just a few moments, and soak in your embrace. Pull me close to you, so that I may sit at your feet, falling in love with you every moment. Let your peace and your love envelope around me and keep me close to your heart. Let me learn that it’s you that comes first before anything.
I seek You Lord, you and only You. You are the true love of my life, and I want it to stay that way.
In Jesus’ Name,