Every year as a church, we pray & fast corporately for 21 days to get clear direction from God for our lives and the new year. This year, we will be reading the book of John together (1 chapter a day). Today is Day 3.
Today’s Reading: John, Chapter 3
Author: Anusha Gummadi
In verse 26, John’s disciples grew concerned when they saw Jesus’ growing popularity. Crowds flocked to be baptized by Jesus instead of John, who up until this point had functioned as the front runner for heralding the message that the kingdom of God was near. Instead of reacting with hatred, jealousy, or concern at his present circumstance, which was likely viewed as a dying ministry by his followers, John redirected their perception by declaring:
“He [Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30 (NASB)
John understood his role and he understood Jesus’ role.
He wasn’t trying to control, manipulate, or take over anything that Jesus was doing. Instead of focusing on the numbers or opinions of others, John chose to see beyond himself by acknowledging:
“...He (Jesus) whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.” John 3:34-35 (NASB)
Today, I challenge you to choose an area of your life (i.e., finances, family, health, etc.) and see beyond yourself by looking to the One who was given the Spirit of God without measure and has all things concerning you in His hand.
1. Ask - What is my role in this? What is Jesus’ role in this?
2. Pray - How can He increase? How can I decrease?
3. Do - Memorize and meditate on John 3:30. Apply concrete steps to increase Jesus.
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