He must become greater; I must become less.
Tonight as we sat in our evening debrief the team talked about this verse in John 3:30. What does that mean? He must become greater; I must become less.
I found myself thinking about what it could have felt like to be John at that moment. Up until this time, he was the one who was baptizing people and leading this ministry. And now Jesus is on the other side of the river baptizing people. John’s response to his disciples is humbling…”A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it's now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.”
The thought strikes me, how easy is it for serving to become more about me. What I am doing versus how I am stepping into what God plan is and what brings Him glory.
We shared as a team tonight about how this plays out as we are here serving in Grogan. How can we become less and Christ become more? As I sat in the thought, It reminds me of the freedom that comes when this becomes the goal. By letting go of my expectations, my goals, my plan and the need for my affirmation. I can live free in knowing this isn’t about me; it’s about Him and His glory.
After our first day spent in orientation on the Ministry of Missions of Hope International, the team is excited to step out tomorrow and begin serving. We are praying that God becomes greater than our team over the next ten days. We are laying down our desires at His feet and embracing His purpose for our team.