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Today’s Bible Reading:

Judges 19:1–20:48
John 3:22–4:3
Psalm 104:24-35
Proverbs 14:22-24

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

John 3:30 (NLT): “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Our verse for today comes from the mouth of John the Baptist. He was told that Jesus’ crowds were getting bigger and bigger. It’s as if John’s followers were getting a little jealous and expected John the Baptist to share those sentiments.

But he didn’t. John acknowledged that people must focus more upon Jesus and less upon him.

Why?

Because John’s ministry pointed to Jesus. John’s ministry prepared the way for Jesus. 

So, as John’s task was coming to an end and Jesus’ ministry was beginning, John said it was supposed to be this way. Jesus was supposed to “become greater and greater” while John was supposed to “become less and less.”

Those words ought to be true of us as well. It should be our desire to make much of Jesus and little of ourselves.

Whether or not this happens depends upon who we give credit to when something goes well. It depends upon the genuineness of our love for and belief in God. 

John the Baptist’s words should be our own. Are they?

John 3:30 (NLT): “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”


Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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