DCLM Daily Manna 12 August 2019 – He Must Increase, written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
TODAY’S TOPIC: “He Must Increase”
TEXT: John 3:22-30
KEY VERSE: “He must increase, but I must decrease” – (John 3:30).
DCLM Daily Manna 12 August 2019 – MESSAGE:
Winston Churchill was once asked, “Doesn’t it thrill you to know that every time you make a speech, the hall is packed to overflowing?” “It’s quite flattering,” replied Sir Winston. “But whenever I feel that way, I always remember that if instead of making a political speech I was being hanged, the crowd would be twice as big.” It is good for a child of God to be humble. Someone said, “It was pride that changed angels into devils: it is humility that makes men as angels.” Humility pays.
John had started his ministry before Jesus and was the one who actually baptized Jesus in Jordan. The disciples of John monitored the progress and developments in Jesus’ camp and wondered why He should be baptizing more people than John. Is their master not going to do anything about it? John’s reply is classic. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” He explained this better with the illustration of a wedding ceremony. He described himself as a friend of the bridegroom while Jesus was the bridegroom of the occasion.
Today: DCLM Daily Manna 12 August 2019
Obviously, the bridegroom is always more important than the friend in any wedding ceremony. In all, John was happy to be a self-effacing friend.
We must learn from the humble disposition of John. He brought himself lower compared to Jesus. The desire to be recognised and celebrated is more now than ever. Self-adulation is promoted in many circles. But a humble lifestyle is what Jesus desires for His own followers. Whatever hinders us from putting the love of God and His word above our personal wishes and desires must be rejected so that Jesus alone will be Lord and Master in our lives. Like John, we must ensure that the beauty of Jesus is clearly seen in us while self is crucified and brought low in every area of our lives. It worked for John, it will work for us too.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Humility exalts a man.
DAILY BIBLE READING: Philemon 1
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