HE MUST INCREASE
This lesson was from our church staff meeting – 7/17/12
(KJV) John 3:30 He must increase, but I [must] decrease.
A couple of key principles to note right away: HE MUST increase, I MUST decrease! The implication is that this is mandatory. John the Baptist has been asked many times if he was the Christ or not. He explains that he’s not but goes one step further in exposing his desire. His desire was for the Lord Jesus to take center stage and for him to disappear.
The application for us would be formed as a question. Is He increasing in our lives or decreasing? We are vessels that were created to contain the Creator, but is there too much of us to leave room for Him?
#1 THE VESSEL IS LIMITED
God isn’t but we are. We have limited capacity, limited time, limited energy, etc.
(KJV) 2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Notice the word “earthen” or earthly. Anything earthly is limited. We only have the capacity to give ourselves to so many things at a time. So, if He is going to increase I MUST decrease! There’s only so much room available.
#2 THE VESSEL ISN’T MINE
(KJV) Romans 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed [it], Why hast thou made me thus?
(KJV) 1 Corinthians 6:20
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
If I claim Jesus as my Savior, then He must be my Lord also. I was purchased with His precious blood. Why wouldn’t He have rights to what’s rightfully His?!
#3 THE VESSEL’S ALWAYS INCREASING, ALWAYS DECREASING
Set a glass of water out in the sun and watch what happens. Our lives are very similar in that we are always losing something and gaining something else. Sometimes we’re just losing our minds, our tempers, our patience, etc. We are always filling our lives with something beneficial or detrimental. Every time we allow something in we are having to sacrifice, or decrease something else. That extra hour at work means one hour less with family. One more hour of TV means one less hour to spend with the Lord.
(KJV) 1 Thessalonians 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
(KJV) 2 Timothy 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
He MUST increase, I MUST decrease!
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