As He increases in our lives, the joy and fellowship of eternal life is realized.
“Not I, but Christ be honored, loved, exalted;
“Not I, but Christ be seen, be known, be heard;
“Not I, but Christ, in every look and action;
“Not I, but Christ, in every thought and word.” A. B. Simpson
“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. So this joy of mine has been made full. He must increase, but I must decrease.“ John 3:29-30 NASB.
When we experience God working thru us, when we know it is not us bringing healing or insight, when we know we are doing something beyond our capabilities or knowledge or thought, then we know He is increasing and we are decreasing. When we let Christ reign in us, our joy is nurtured. It is humbling and a privilege to witness the smallness of self for the largeness of Him. These moments contain peace and rest for our weary souls. These moments bring strength and refreshment.
The Kingdom of Light is so much more glorious than anything this world could possibly offer. God has invited us to participate in His Kingdom, into the Sacred. He has invited us into His will. As we follow the Holy Spirit’s leading, we honor and enter into the will of God. “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” John 3:32 NASB. To change, to perfect a soul, takes cooperation with the Holy Spirit; more of Him, less of us. How wonderful it is to live out our creative purpose and have our lives be for God’s work.
“A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.” John 3:27 NASB. “I am not the Christ.” John 3:28 NASB. May his voice – being the sweetest of sounds – be louder than ours. We are privileged to steward His message – “He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.” John 3:31 NASB.
Can our worldly identity grow so small that all people see is God in us? We search for identity through our work, our roles in the home, our place in the family, our hobbies, or even our ministries…but shouldn’t He be our identity?
We either exalt ourselves or God.
“You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 3:22-24 NASB. We worship God by letting Christ reign in our hearts, minds and actions. God does not want our offerings (worldly accolades). He wants us. He wants to relationship with us more than anything. And I think I can say that most of us want to be in relationship with Him more than anything else. We may not know that is what we want until we find it, but we all want to be loved from the pure heart of another. Why is this such a big ask? What things of this world are we holding onto that are overshadowing the Christ in us?
Friend, let us yearn to let go of the transitory things of this world that we think build us up (but actually deaden us) and grab onto the eternal things of God. Let our longings be to grow spiritually deeper – living lives worshiping what is true. Jesus connects us to our true source of life. Abiding in Him we can drink fully from this fountain of life, entering into the flow of His living water. This is the food and drink we crave. Our lives are a vast field that contain a treasure at its true center. If we live from our true center, we will have life and we will become life to others.
“He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true.” John 3:33 NASB.
Assurance that God is true gives us a firm foundation from which we are led by His Holy Spirit in completing His new creation in us to be like His Son. Assurance and being led allows us the freedom to be His Light. With assurance we can
Do we have this assurance? Be still and know……
“For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him.” Colossians 1:19 NASB. “…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts…than you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19 NASB.
As my faith grows stronger by the power of the Holy Spirit, I can see Him increasing as I naturally decrease because of who I am in Him.
“…you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.” Philippians 2:15-16 NIV.
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.” 2 Peter 1:2-4 NASB.
Oh God, keep us abiding in Your way, Your truth and Your life.
(All bolded scripture is for my own emphasis)