He, Christ, Must Increase
Christ picked up the kingdom baton from John the Baptist.
He launched His ever increasing kingdom & government of peace on this earth.
Having won the ultimate victory through his death & resurrection Jesus then passed on the kingdom baton to His people.
The Risen Ascended Christ working through His people in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them,
but His mother kept all these things in her heart.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:51-52
Jesus himself knew increase in His person, personality & character during His earthly life.
He grew & increased in the things of God & He is working to make that so in our lives.
If it was necessary for Jesus how much more so for us. As for the master so for the pupil/disciple.
God is the God who brings the increase (1 Corinthians 3:7).
He is the source, supply & strength of all growth & increase in & through our lives & ministries.
The Lord is therefore constantly at work to bring growth & increase to our lives (Colossians 2:19).
Here are just a few of the areas God is at work in us through the power of the Spirit:
- increasing & strengthening our faith (Luke 17:5; 2 Corinthians 10:5)
- stimulating the fruit of righteousness (2 Corinthians 9:10)
- increasing & deepening our love for the Lord & one another (1 Thessalonians 3:12, 4:10)
- establishing us & growing us in grace & knowledge (2 Peter 3:18)
- strengthening us in the Lord & in our ministries (Acts 9:22)
How wonderful & wondrous are the works of the Lord.
Often unseen & unnoticed but constantly bringing change & transformation – so good!
The God of abundance & increase is ever seeking to bring His increase to our lives.
He is seeking to fill us with the very fullness of Christ – just amazing (Ephesians 4:13).
It is a work in individuals through corporate connectiveness. WE not just me!!
We need the Lord & we need the help, encouragement & support of His people.
God of the increase bringing increase & turning all things around to His eternal glory.
May it ever be so.
- Am I growing & moving deeper in maturity ‘In Christ’?
- In what ways am I growing or being strengthened through ‘increase’ right now?
- Meditate on the wonder & magnitude of the increase & growth that God alone can bring.
A song related to this theme:
Thank you for the increase only You can bring,
That You are the source, supply & strength of all increase & growth in us Your people.
Holy Spirit enlarge the territories of our lives & ministries,
Individually & corporately work in us, & through us, for Your glory O Lord.
This we ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Written by Gareth Jones