My Grace-Full Life

12.30.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: He Must Increase

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Good morning, I come to you from my living room where I’m very frustrated to not be going to church on the last Sunday of the year.
But this cold that I’ve dealt with for a week is now a cough.
It wakes me up and I’ve had several sleepless nights because of it.
So my husband is probably right.
I need to stay home.
I would hate to start coughing in the middle of church.
But I do feel like a raging hypocrite since my blog last week was about going to church!
But I’ve still spent the morning in the Bible, and I’ve continued reading a book I started last Thursday, “Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit,” by Francis Chan.
It’s a book that is seriously challenging me.
And it’s from that challenge that I chose today’s verse from John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
These words were spoken by John the Baptist about Jesus.
He was referring to his role which was to pave the way for Someone greater.
These are the words we should all embrace as Christians.
Less of me; more of Him.
They are words that are easy to say, hard to put into practice.
I’ve spent this morning praying about this because whatever I do—from this blog to my monthly column in one of our community magazines to the volunteer work I do—I want it all to be done for God’s glory.
Not mine.
To say less of me and more of Him is an exercise in both humility and obedience.
It’s a lesson I have to learn over and over again.
Perhaps you do too.
It’s part of being human that makes us want credit and attention, but that selfish craving is in direct opposition of the instruction found in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Being fully surrendered to the will of God is the only way to separate ourselves from a self-seeking mindset to a servant mindset.
Today, as you pray, thank God that He alone is worthy of all glory.
Ask Him to use you, not for any credit you may receive, but that through you, His greatness can be magnified for others to see.

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