I Must Decrease

January 8, 2022

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

He must increase; I must decrease. (John 3:30)

I MUST DECREASE: When John the Baptist said, “I must decrease,” he meant that his own will, desires, and ambitions must dissolve as Jesus takes over.  It meant that all selfishness must be abandoned and selfless living must be the founding principle of his life. 

To “decrease” before God means we become humble.  Humility is a way of giving up everything not of God and allowing only Him to shine through.

We should reflect upon John the Baptist’s beautiful statement regularly, perhaps making it a prayer or mantra and saying it over and over.  It should become the guiding principle of our life.

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