I Need More of Christ ~ Less of Me

I Need More of Christ ~ Less of Me

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John the Baptist was a different sort of fellow. Dressed in a garment fashioned of camel’s hair with a steady diet of locust and wild honey, he seemed an unlikely candidate for a forerunner of Jesus. And yet, Christ claimed “among those born of women there is no one greater than John.” (Luke 7:28)

People came in droves to be baptized by John in the Jordan River. Among them Jesus. Though some may have gone out of curiosity, John’s message of hope and renewal kept them coming back. But regardless of his popularity, he never ceased to point his followers to the coming Savior.

~CHRIST’S PURPOSE

When Jesus began His ministry, many of John’s followers abandoned him to follow Jesus. Some of John’s loyal followers took offense at Jesus’ growing ministry.

John’s response?

“A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:27-30)

His followers may have been surprised by his answer, but John knew all along his time of ministry was limited. He was called only to pave the way for the Christ. When the time came, he humbly stepped aside to give Jesus the limelight. What a lesson in meekness.

~ CHRIST IN ME

Such dedication may take a lifetime to achieve, but each day, we should strive to give ourselves over more fully to Christ.

For Christ to increase, I must decrease, which means more of Him, less of me in my…

Relationships
Attitudes
Decisions
Finances
Speech
Workplace
Ambitions
Time

It’s a constant battle to submit our will to Him, but when we do, our lives become so much richer and fuller than if we insist on our own way.

What can you give over more fully to God in the coming weeks?

Cynthia Roemer About Cynthia Roemer

Cynthia Roemer is a Christian writer from rural Illinois with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of others through her writing. She and her husband, Marvin, have been married for twenty-four years and have two college-age sons. Find out more about her and her writing on her website: http://cynthiaroemer.com/

Comments

  1. Laurie Driesen says:

    What a beautiful post Cynthia! And the message is so opposite of of the world’s message. We need this truth.

  2. Becky Smith says:

    Excellent message! Our goal should be to know Him, and to make Him known. More of Him ~ less of me. Amen!

  3. Thanks so much, Becky! That should definitely be our goal.

  4. Good one Cynthia, we sometimes fall short of Gods best for us, blessings.

  5. Good one Cynthia, we sometimes fall short of Gods best for us, blessings.

  6. I especially liked how you itemized exactly where you/we are to diminish our wants for his:

    For Christ to increase, I must decrease, which means more of Him, less of me in my…

    Relationships
    Attitudes
    Decisions
    Finances
    Speech
    Workplace
    Ambitions
    Time

  7. Yes, we can definitely take a lesson from John and shine the light on Christ instead of ourselves.

  8. Amen! Thanks, Barbara.

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