—by Don Weeks, Pastor, Antioch Baptist Church, Ona, West Virginia
Jesus must increase. You know this. In every area of your life, work, home, family, church, and nation. You know it won’t happen by accident. You realize that you are going to have to do something, think something, move something, or behave in some way to make this come to pass. He must increase.
You also realize that there are places where you must decrease. You want to be a credit giver and not a credit taker. You want to extend beyond yourself and allow Christ to be seen. You want to diminish so that He can be magnified. But how? What can you do today to be less selfish and more selfless. Well, here are four questions that just might help you today as you strive to invoke
John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
Start | Stop | More | Less
Before you read the questions below I want you to say a prayer. The goal would be for you to allow the Holy Spirit to instruct you. Ask Him to touch your heart as you read these questions. Ask Him to guide you this very day in magnifying Christ. If you are a believer Jesus said that He, the Holy Spirit, would guide you into all truth. John 16:13, Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Okay, here are the four questions. If you are a believer, listen to the questions with your heart.
- What should I start doing today for Christ to increase or for myself to decrease?
- What should I stop doing today for Christ to increase or for myself to decrease?
- What should I do more of today for Christ to increase or for myself to decrease?
- What should I do less of today for Christ to increase or for myself to decrease?
Did you receive instruction? What is it that God wants you to start today, stop today, do more of, or do less of so that Christ can increase in your world. How does He want you to increase? If you didn’t hear Him, the problem is never with God. Maybe we all need to start listening to Him more closely. Perhaps we need to stop rushing around and allow Him time in our daily schedule. Perhaps we need to spend more time completely alone with Christ. And, it just may be that we need to spend less time worrying about the future. Remember these words:
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
HE MUST INCREASE