• Arie Hill

Comparisons


"John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven. You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made full. He must increase, but I must decrease.'"

~John 3:27-30


Comparisons choke out everything. Our self-worth, self-esteem, our creativity, our purpose, gone because we're watching the success of others. In this verse, John the Baptist is addressing his disciples worries about Jesus' fame growing in the land. “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified, behold, He is baptizing and all are coming to Him.” (John 3:26)

How John addresses these worries is a fantastic pep talk for all of us.


1. Where do you originate?


"A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven." (v. 27) You, your worth, your gifts, your purpose, your blessings have come from one place. God created it all, gave it all, for you to work it all out for Him.


2. Who are you and what is your purpose?


"You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’" (v. 28)

Are you the person you're staring at and obsessing over? Are you in their position with their life? John knew exactly who he was and his position. He was not the Christ but sent ahead of Him. You are not them, and your position is not reduced because of it. You are necessary where you are.


3. What our response should be.


"He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made full. He must increase, but I must decrease.'" (v.29-30)

We are not supposed to covet our neighbor's position and fame. We're supposed to be thankful that their work for the kingdom is effective. Others will come to know Jesus and glorify our Lord because of them. Just as those around you will do because of you.


Jesus knew what He was going to achieve in His human existence. He didn't stop John from doing his part in that achievement because John was only the messenger and not someone more elevated.

"Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent Him, saying, 'I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?' But Jesus answering said to him, 'Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.' Then he permitted Him." ~Matthew 3:13-15


John's response to his disciples: He must increase, but I must decrease. (v. 30). Your ego, Believer, must decrease that we may see Christ in you.

He's who we've come to see.

Show us.



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