To be or not to be that is the question?

This morning I woke up to my quiet time and I read John 3:30. "He must increase, but I must decrease." John the Baptist is talking about Jesus Christ and his coming from heaven is above all. But he who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. Jesus Christ is to be recognized as the Savior of the world and John is the one that goes before him and introduces him. But John must fade into the background.

I starting reflecting on this verse a couple years ago as I was going through a very hard time. At times I had to consistently walk into circumstances where I was uncomfortable and down right painful. I'd have to face people who betrayed me or spoke unkind words about my husband. Gossip had become the language of this group of people and it became a "mob" mentality. The gossip took a life on of its own. I felt I had no one I could trust except for a few close friends. I remember getting out of the car and the Spirit gave me this verse. "He must increase, but I must decrease." I prayed that verse and meditated on it as I walked into the building. I know that Christ had to be preeminent in my very fiber. I could not rely on my earthly ways. It did not matter who I faced or what kind of conversations I encountered I had to humbly submit my will to the Lord and let him boldly show forth who he is and his light had to shine forth through me.

The Lord took me through some dark days. My whole world fell apart and almost everything that I thought was important was taken from me. I faced many situations that broke my heart and I felt that I could not do it on my own. But the prayer "He must increase, but I must decrease" took me through some dark tunnels and brought me to a place with Christ that my will was diminished and his glory, I hope, was shining brightly as a light.