—by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Baptist Church
You are the fish. The ocean surrounding you is the increase of Christ.
Our theme this year at Antioch, is HE MUST INCREASE taken from the New Testament.
This was said by John the Baptist about Jesus at the onset of our Lord’s public ministry. True to John the Baptist’s words, Jesus’ followers began to increase at that point in time, and has not stopped since! There have been billions of sincere followers of Jesus since that day, even up to the present hour.
But Jesus’ increase has not just been in the number of His followers. The influence of our Savior has been incalculable. History truly is HIS story. The powerful influence of His life, His words, His compassion, His crucifixion, His burial, and His victorious resurrection has filled the earth with His glory!
Here’s the point of this daily devotion. Ask me, “Pastor Don, what is this devotion about?” I would answer, “this devotion is about even though our church theme is HE MUST INCREASE, we really cannot make Jesus increase. We cannot get Jesus to be more than who He already is. Remember what we said in the beginning? You are the fish. The ocean surrounding you is the ocean of His increase.
Don’t make the mistake of a silly fish who thinks it somehow can make the size ocean increase. All it has to do is swim and enjoy the vastness of ocean that God has provided.
If we want Christ to increase in our lives, we must remember the same thing. The is no scarcity of the increase of Jesus Christ. He is bigger than an ocean. He is bigger than the universe. If we want Him to increase, then we’ve got to grow. How ironic, isn’t it? John the Baptist taught us the way to grow. He said,
What’s your challenge today? Don’t force it. Don’t try in your earthly wisdom to somehow make Jesus bigger – remember the universe cannot contain Him. Why don’t you and I simply swim in the ocean of His increase? Why not give someone a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name? (After all there’s a whole ocean’s worth?) Why not give a smile in His name? God will open doors of opportunity for us to tell others about His great and huge-as-an-ocean salvation.