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He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30

How contrary to self-promotion this truth is.

I like to increase, but Jesus is calling me to decrease. He is calling me to be humble and serve.

Jesus is not asking me to do something He didn’t do.  He decreased when He left heaven.  He decreased when He became a carpenter’s Son.  He decreased when He healed people.  He decreased when He washed the disciples feet.

My self-promotion must be crucified on the cross.  In reality, it was crucified when Jesus was crucified (Romans 6; Gal 5:24), but I must accept it to be true and live in its effects.

Lord, help me to decrease, so you can increase.