Jesus > I – He must Become Greater – Me Less
By Darrell Creswell
Jesus must increase – His authority and influence in our lives, our thoughts, our words, and our actions must grow.
We must decrease – The purpose of our lives is to point the world towards Him. We are not to form religious affiliations to glorify ourselves, or to set up a religion of our own. As the light from the evening moon fades away and is lost in the rays of the rising sun, who we are in the flesh is to fade away in the glory of His light. It should be an honor for any one of us, to accept in humility, and with a willingness to be esteemed as nothing–if we can honor Christ.
I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. Galatians 2:20
There is a humility, an emptying of ourselves when we crucify our flesh, our carnal man, our own selfish wants and desires with Christ; which results in a divine liberation that comes with understanding of what it means to crucify yourself with Christ. Let’s look at our own Lords example:
Philippians 2:5-8 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!
You can begin this process of taking on the same attitude that Paul instructs us to take here in Philippians by acknowledging your own “human feelings or emotions” – all of them; the good, the bad, and the ugly. See them for what they are in truth to yourself and before the Lord. Look clearly at the hurts and wounds you have suffered at your own hands and from the hands of others, such as lies, deceit, game-playing, manipulation, and hypocrisy, etc., and crucify them with Christ. Look at you own natural defenses, be honest with yourself and offer that person before the Lord and His mercy. Let Him open your eyes and free you from yourself: Let Him be your fulfillment.
We must die to our “self”, reduce who we are, and increase who He is. That’s what being “born again” is all about; putting away the old self, along with all its illusions, and putting on a new self – a new creation in Christ. In doing this we become an instrument of God’s will, dedicating our being, our talents, and completely become His servant for His benefit and the benefit and salvation of others and their needs.
We must turn away from all the carnal satisfactions of the secular world that is pushing Jesus from the center of our life and replacing Him with our self. We must surrender our will to Him so He can renew us. We must let Him be the Lord of all that we are.