He Must Increase, I Must Decrease

by Dr. Karen Colvin on November 1, 2019

in Word of the Week

John baptises Jesus

I understood why so many people live in pain today because of unfulfilled dreams.  Whether it is family plans, financial plans, or overall lifestyle plans, if it is not subjected to the agenda of God, it is in critical danger of failure.  I believe it is good and wise to get an education, plan financially and make plans for our family’s future, but our plans must never take precedence over the direction of God. — Sessions in Pain pg. 115.

Author’s comments: One prayer that I have learned to pray over the years is, ” Lord, You must increase and I must decrease.” These were the words of John the Baptist as Christ was coming on the scene and his life as the forerunner of the Christ was coming to a close. John knew it was time to yield his ministry to the greater One. May we all have such a heart before God, to yield our will to His; to lay down our agenda at His feet, trusting in His plan for our lives. Like John, we must learn to think of the eternal as we lay down the temporal.

John announced: “Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals. I baptize you with  water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!” – Mark 1:7-8 NLT

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