PRAYER PROMPT ••• John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30 ESV).
Other translations say, “He must increase [in prominence], but I must decrease.” (AMP)…
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (NLT)…
What does this mean to you?
We live in a world that encourages us to put ourselves first; to do whatever we want; to seek our own dreams and goals.
But what if what we want doesn’t line up with what He wants?
Are we surrendering ourselves to put Him first?
It’s a simple phrase with a complicated concept when taken by itself.
However, the verses ahead of this one say, “It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the bridegroom’s friend is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success.” (John 3:29 NLT).
With that said, I really like this translation of verse 30: “He, the groom, must take center stage; and I, the best man, must step to His side.” (VOICE).
That gives a great visual of what this verse means.
The best man at a wedding never shoves the groom out of the center of the picture.
He doesn’t step in front of him when the bride is trying to feed him cake.
He doesn’t demand attention.
The best man remembers who the day is about and celebrates that.
He doesn’t begrudge it or think it’s unfair.
That’s the way we should look at Jesus every day.
It’s not about us; it’s about Him.
As He is our Savior, we should happily and willingly point all credit and honor and glory to Him.
We should purposefully deflect it from ourselves, knowing that without Him, we can do nothing.
Because He is the man of the hour.
And we should do all we can to celebrate that.
The wedding analogy of John the Baptist is apt.
It foreshadows what is to come and described in Revelation 19:7 NLT, “Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself.”
Today, as you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to help you remember to put your own will aside and always keep it focused on His.
Ask Him to help you remember Who should be given all credit and glory.