One thing that every person desires is to improve the relationships with those close to them. We are all members of family units because it’s not God’s desire for any of us to be isolated or alone. There are some who live lives of isolation because they refuse to let anyone into their space. But, while I understand the desire to take control, it can be dangerous when people cut themselves off from others.
Unfortunately, there are those who take that attitude into their relationship with God. But, God is not your family member or friend and He does not want your leftovers. He wants to be first in your life. When John, the Baptist, spoke about Jesus in John 3:30 GW he said, “He must increase in importance, while I must decrease in importance.”
Well, when things decrease, they get smaller; so we need to recognize that there is a place for everyone. God is not man so our relationship with Him should be different than our relationships with each other. His influence or importance should continually increase while the importance we place in ourselves should decrease.
That does not mean that we are not people of value but when it comes to God, the dynamics of the relationships are different. John the Baptist had an important assignment. An angel foretold his birth in Luke 1:17 it says, “He will go ahead of the Lord with the spirit and power that Elijah had. He will change parents’ attitudes toward their children. He will change disobedient people so that they will accept the wisdom of those who have God’s approval. In this way he will prepare the people for their Lord.”
John understood his place in the kingdom; he was the one chosen to prepare the way of the Lord. When Jesus, came on the scene, John didn’t try to compete because he knew that his responsibility was to point men and women to Jesus. That is our task also; and if we want to be successful then we have to decrease and allow Him to increase in our lives.
Thought for Today: Friend, say no to self.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.