“John answered, A man can receive nothing except as it has been granted to him from heaven. [A man must be content to receive the gift which is given him from heaven: there is no other source.] You yourselves are my witnesses that I stated, I am not the Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), but I have only been sent before Him [in advance of Him to be His appointed forerunner, His messenger, His announcer.] He who has the bride is the bridegroom, but the groomsman who stands by and listens to him rejoices greatly and heartily on account of the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my pleasure and joy, and it is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease. [He must grow more prominent; I must grow less so].” (John 3:29-30)
As it was true for John, so it is true for us today. John the Baptist spent his years announcing the coming of the Messiah. He began the message of repentance that Jesus carried on, and is, even today, still the same message to all the lost. Repent! For the Kingdom of God has come! Why didn’t he say “come! say this prayer and get your ticket to heaven?” Isn’t that what “salvation” is today in many churches? “Come as you are, say this prayer and stay the way you are. You don’t have to do anything but come to our church and put money in the bucket.” No! That is NOT what John the Baptist and Jesus Christ preached.
It’s not about saying a prayer, it’s about SURRENDER. We make a divine exchange between Jesus and us. We give Him our life and He gives us His. This decision means that a heart change is required. This is done through true repentance. A decision to completely turn and go in the other direction towards God. The turning requires surrender.
The more we get to know Jesus, the less “we” become. It’s a natural progression. It’s about Jesus increasing His influence in the world around us and our influence fading. Just as John recognized the Lordship of Jesus Christ, so must we. It isn’t about the blessings WE receive, rather it is the blessings we GIVE through the love of Jesus Christ that is poured from our lives.
Jesus said to come to Him all who are burdened and heavy laden with the cares of life and He will give us rest. To take His yoke upon us because it is easy to bear. What does this mean? Cares of life are weighty and heavy. They prevent us from a life of freedom in Jesus Christ. That’s why Jesus said to not have “cares.” Yes, we will face troubles, but the trouble doesn’t have to bring us down. In Jesus Christ, it can’t.
The scripture says that our lives are to be “hidden” with Christ in God, and that is it in a nutshell. When we abandon our “self-life” to embrace Jesus’ Lordship and cultivate the intimate relationship with Him, then our lives become hidden in Him. This allows Him to increase in our lives and we can decrease and enjoy every minute of it!
Beloved, take some time today to search your heart and see where you are spiritually. Is your life about you or Him? Do you have an intimate, personal relationship with Him or just said the prayer? Really search this out because there is nothing more important eternally than a close and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As this relationship deepens, He WILL increase and you WILL decrease…
Don’t know Him?