"He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less." (John 3:30) John the Baptist uttered these words while he was in prison. They've served as a rallying cry for disciples to push Jesus to the place of importance in our lives while striving to make it "not about me." But to what extent do we take this? Should we have no aspirations? Should we forfeit all our rights? Should we give up all of our interests? Should we live like monks who leave the world that Jesus came to save and justify it in his name?
I suspect, as with most things, that this issue calls for balance. I heard someone way once, "Don't be so heavenly minded that you're no earthly good." There are people who try to honor Jesus to such an extent that they almost don't know how to function in the world. And, the result is that they end up drawing attention to themselves rather than Jesus!
Having said that, the flip side is probably more often the case. Many who claim the name Christ bear few signs of his presence in their life. Their focus is on themselves, and Jesus is someone they call in a crunch. As we keep thinking through the issues of Jesus increasing in us, we should ask ourselves where we fall on that spectrum? Are we head in the clouds about Jesus, or are we so worldly people don't know we claim him as Lord?
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Exodus 36-38