A Little Girl’s Challenge

40 Day Challenge | Day 3
If you would like to begin at Day 1 you can find that post here. You may continue to read sequentially by clicking the link end of each post.

—by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Baptist Church

Your task today is to take your notebook to church, along with your Bible, of course. (If you do not regularly go to church, your task is to attend church today! Not sure which church to go to? May I suggest Antioch Baptist Church? Sunday school starts at 10:00 am. See you there! Here are the directions. Oh, be sure to bring your Bible and notebook!)

Before I give you your daily practical task, I am going to tell you a little story, a hypothetical situation:

Let’s say you go to church today. After the Sunday school classes let out, a cute little girl about 8 years old comes walking toward you. She approaches you and begins telling you something. She says: “Hi. Can I ask you a question?” Without giving you time to reply, she continues, “Our Sunday school teacher told us today that Christ must increase in our lives. What does that mean anyway?”

Your task today is to answer the little girl’s question and write it in your notebook. Here’s what the little girl said one more time: “Our Sunday school teacher told us today that Christ must increase in our lives. What does that mean anyway?”

As you listen to the Sunday School lessons, the songs and the preaching today, pray that the Holy Spirit will help you answer this question. What exactly does it mean when we say Christ must increase in our lives. Think about it throughout the day. At the end of the day, write your answer to the question. Limit yourself to 25 words or less. (John 3:16 has 25 words. Did you know that?)

Suggestions for formatting your notebook: I urge you to have a dedicated notebook or journal for the duration of these 40 Days of Increase. If you are not accustomed to using a notebook, please try it for these 40 days. Actually we are down to 37 already! 

I suggest that you put the title of the challenge, 40 Days of Increase, on the front cover, so the notebook itself becomes a physical reminder of our goal of having Christ increase in our lives. On the first page I challenge you to write out a prayer to God; something like this (of course feel free to use your own words):

Dear God,
Help me to grow. For the next 37 days, Lord, teach me more about You. Draw me nearer to You, and strengthen me. You must increase, but I must decrease. Give me wisdom so that I may understand what it means to have You increase in my life. Give me courage, dear Lord, to not just understand, and not just be a hearer of Your Word, but give me courage to be a doer of Your Word. In Jesus Name, Amen.

On the following page you may want to make a note about this challenge beginning on Friday, February 17. Today, write DAY 3 on the top of the page and then below that, write out the Bible verse, John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Below that jot down your notes and insights into God’s Word from today’s teaching and preaching. Before the day ends write out your answer to the question: What does it mean to say, Jesus must increase in our lives. Remember, your answer should be no longer than 25 words. I guarantee you this will take a lot of mental energy.

PS: I would love to see your answers to that question below in the comments section. (There is a space for name, email and website. You do not have to give your full name, and neither an email nor website is required for you to leave a comment.)

Have a wonderful day in the Lord’s house on the Lord’s day!


You may want to keep track of these daily practical tasks (PTs) in your notebook each day. It is always encouraging to keep track of these small daily victories the Lord allows you to have. In reality, these small victories gained each day for Christ are going to add up over the course of this 40 day challenge.

PT Day 1: Establish a time and place to pray each day during the challenge. Prayer.
PT Day 2. Get a notebook, and pray.
PT Day 3. Prayer. Take notes at church and answer the question: What does it mean for Christ to increase in my life?

Click here for an index of Practical Tasks (PT’s).

2 Replies to “A Little Girl’s Challenge”

  1. What does it mean to have Jesus increase in our lives. We must draw near to God
    Humble ourselves
    Cleanse ourselves through prayer
    Be accountable
    Allow Him to prune us.

  2. Joe. We must let Jesus have preeminence in all aspects of our lives and put him first and put away the things that draw us away from him

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