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11th May 2022


He, Christ, Must Increase

John the Baptist readily allowed the focus & attention to shift to Jesus.
His purpose & ministry, like ours, was to point to Jesus in all things.
John came to prepare the way & highlight the ‘Lamb of God’.
His ministry & influence had to decrease & come to it’s intended end.
Jesus inaugurating & advancing the kingdom that ever increases had to take over & take centre stage.


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. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.
He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:29-30

Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:7


Jesus is all about increase & He constantly brings that to our lives.
He rules over a kingdom that is ever increasing as heaven comes to this earth in increasing measure.
He is the bringer of God’s everlasting & abundant life (John 10:10).
All of this means increase for those that walk with & follow Him.
We must make room for Him to always & in every way take the most prominent place.
Personalities, ego’s & ambition must move out of the way so that He can prosper our souls & lives (3 John 1:2).

Living abundantly & being prospered in our souls & in all things are the language of increase.
In making Jesus the most prominent aspect of all we say & do we invite His increase into our lives.
We surrender those things that get in the way & draw attention to ourselves so that we can better point & steer people to Christ.
Jesus refereed to John as the greatest human ever born & noted that the least in the kingdom is even greater than that!!!
The decrease – yielding & surrendering popularity, position & prominence unto Christ – leads to mighty increase.
We are inheriting & participating in a kingdom that ever increases!!!

John knew that the kingdom baton had to pass to Jesus & did all he could to make it so.
Jesus took up that baton as he inaugurated & advanced the Kingdom that never ends.
He then passed the baton on to His followers – that includes you & me (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 12:32).
We like Christ, & John the baptist before Him, are to forcefully take hold of the Kingdom & keep lifting high the King (Matthew 11:11-15).
That is our lifetime kingdom assignment – till we leave this earth or Jesus returns – & He is with us until the end of the age.
John’s ministry had to come to an earthly end – ours never will!!!
May we make room for & lift Jesus high with great passion & sure purpose. Hallelujah!!!


For Reflection

  • Am I truly signposting people unto Christ?
  • In what ways is my soul prospering right now?
  • Meditate on the abundance & increase of Jesus’ everlasting kingdom.

A Song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Your eternal, ever increasing & everlasting Kingdom.
We rejoice in the increase it brings to people, places & this planet.
Holy Spirit equip, enable & empower us for Kingdom ministry,
Help & strengthen us to keep lifting Jesus high,
This we ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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