Growing Smaller

The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease. – John 3:29-30, ESV

He must increase; I must decrease. - John

I have always admired John for his humility.  He, like us, was a human being who is prone to self-aggrandizement and self-glory.  He could have been more interested in self-promotion than self-abasement.  But, he wasn’t.  One would think that when confronted in the flesh by the very Son of God that one would be as humble as possible, but that wasn’t the case with most of the people who dealt with Jesus during his Incarnation.  They were still proud of their righteousness – and did not feel as if they needed him.

There is an interesting phenomenon that I am observing as I grow older.  I find myself agreeing more and more with John’s statement: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”  (I don’t say that out of pride, but out of necessity because it is true!)  When I was younger, I thought, like most young folks, that I was pretty hot stuff.  I was self-confident, very independent, didn’t want to accept help from anyone for anything, thought I had life figured out and that I could plot my own course on this earth.  Perhaps the reason that I now see myself growing smaller (and I don’t mean just the shrinkage from the compression of the spine!) is because I no longer have that confidence, I recognize much better my dependency on Him, I need His help desperately, I’ve got nothing figured out except for my lack of having things figured out and my course is not controlled by me.  Perhaps it isn’t so much that I’m growing smaller (decreasing) – it may just be that the closer I get to the end of this life’s journey He looms ever larger on the horizon with each passing day.

The reality we come face to face with as we get older is not just the shocking reality that we are mortal and approaching our demise, but that we will stand before Him face to face.

It seems to me that we would all do well to decrease so that He may increase in our awareness, devotion and commitment.

PRAYER: Jesus, I pray that as each remaining day of my life passes that You will be even nearer and dearer to me at all times!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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