Greater? Or lesser?

Our men’s breakfast group talked about the necessity of becoming less this week.

It’s an issue that is central to the Christian faith. And yet it is something I wrestle with continually.

We were discussing Steven Furtick’s book Greater. In general, the book says we believers should not be satisfied with mediocrity in living out our faith. We should strive for something greater.

But, paradoxically, we will not become greater in our faith until we become less.

The book mentions John The Baptist’s great statement in John 3 about Jesus and himself. John’s disciples are upset that more people are now going to Jesus than John following John’s baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.

John exalts Jesus and in verse 30, he says: “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”

Not many people willingly say those words. There is something in us that says: “I am number one.”

Furtick makes a good point: Jesus is the perfect example of this kind of humility.

In Philippians 2, the apostle Paul says that Jesus “did not think equality with God something to cling to”, but obeyed God the Father and humbled himself, becoming a man, suffering and dying for us.

In John 5:19, Jesus says the Son does nothing by himself – he only does what the Father is doing.

And yet, the apostle Paul points out in Philippians 2 that God the Father “elevated him (Jesus) to the place of highest honour” so that everyone will some day bow to him as Lord.

This principle of Jesus becoming greater in our lives while we become less applies especially to those who aspire to be leaders.

Jesus says we who are leaders must be servants to others – not lording it over them.

As a leader in my church, I am very much aware of the dangers of ego – putting myself first.

Paul’s words in Philippians 1 are a good antidote to that. How can I inflate my ego when Jesus gave up far more to save me?


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