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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Bowing to Jesus"

Date published: 01/01/2012
John 3:30 “He (Jesus) must become greater; I (John the Baptist) must become less.”  (NIV)  
 
In this verse John the Baptist speaks about his changing role.  John provides a great model for us as Christians.  John the Baptist was faithful and focused on God’s calling in his life.  He did not allow the work of God’s calling to overtake God Himself.  He drew large crowds and attention yet did not stray from God’s calling when it was unpopular or dangerous.  He recognized his calling was perfected by stepping aside because Jesus, the Lord and Messiah, had come.  There are many things you can learn from John the Baptist, but maybe the most important is to know God’s calling in your life.  God has something for you, and you do not want to miss the work He desires to do through you.  Once you know God’s calling, you need to be faithful to it while not allowing your devotion to His calling to thwart God’s work in you.  God’s calling often coincides with giftings you might have.  This is why it is easy to begin fulfilling God’s calling under the direction and power of God, but after a while allow your effort and giftings to overshadow God’s work in your life.  You need to stay close to God’s leading so that He, not you, is glorified.  What others see in your life should be God’s work and power - so that God is praised!  John had a wonderful ministry, a great following, and a bright future; but his purpose was to prepare the way for Jesus – not be the way.   
 
2 Corinthians 12:9 “But He (God) said to me (Paul), ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.”