John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
To get more of God you must let go of more of you. You cannot get more of His Spirit, have your thoughts become more like His thoughts and keep doing things as you have always done.
It is common for us as Christians to pray for more of God, but not many of us understand that it comes with a price. You cannot get more of God and keep doing as you have always done. To get more of God you must make a daily decision to become less, even as Paul declared” I die daily”, in 1 Corinthians 15:31. As humans we are very habitual, but we cannot maintain the same habits while at the same time accomplishing the goal of getting more of God. New habits will have to be formed that are conformable to the word of God. The part we are often unprepared for and could hinder us from getting more of God, is that it is not going to be business as usual. Getting more of God is a deliberate choice that you must make daily and it comes with sacrifices. Are you willing to become less to get more of God?
John the Baptist was willing to put aside personal ambition to see more of God and so he said in John 3:30 He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease. The context within which that was said is that John’s ministry was running concurrently with the ministry of Jesus for a time and during that time He was playing second fiddle to Jesus as Jesus was baptizing more persons than he was. Some of the Jews seeing what was happening went to John and asked him how come Jesus was baptizing more people than he was. The essence of John’s response was “He is the Christ,” and since He is God, He must increase and I must decrease.” What John was saying simply was for there to be more of God, I must become less.
It is good to want more of God but to get there you must give up more of you through new habits that are conformable to the word of God.
Life Application: Get more of God by forming habits around more of what His word says.
Prayer: Lord, May I decrease and you increase in me daily. In Jesus name, amen.