“He must become greater; I must become less.”
(John 3:30 NIV)
“Then the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor. “What is your request?” he asked. She replied, “In your Kingdom, please let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.” When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant”’ (Matthew 20:20-21, 24 NLT). Someone once said that the reason the ten disciples were indignant was that they wanted the positions of honour themselves. The truth is, everyone wants to be great, but John the Baptist wanted Jesus to become greater than him. In fact, John thought so highly of Jesus that he didn’t consider himself worthy to untie His sandals (John 1:27), and compared himself to “the friend of the bridegroom”, that is Jesus (John 3:29 ESV). Clearly, there was no power struggle between Jesus and John. Let’s learn from John’s example by letting Jesus become greater while we become less.
Jesus must become greater while we become less.