“Too many of My children are still not getting it. So many who call themselves “Mine” are going about their “business as usual” lives without giving thought to the signs all around them. I am heralding the call to lay down your lives. I am wooing My people to an intimacy with Me. I am asking those who call themselves Mine to love deeper and care more for others, so that the world can see My Son through them.
"If you hear these calls, proclaim them to those who cannot hear or have become deaf. You proclaim a selfless life of love by your actions, not your words. Love like My Son did in a world where people are desperate for answers and direction for their lives. He showed the way; now it’s your turn.”
John 3:30 AMP
He must increase, but I must decrease. [He must grow more prominent; I must grow less so.]
I John 2:5-6 AMP
5) But he who keeps (treasures) His Word [who bears in mind His precepts, who observes His message in its entirety], truly in him has the love of and for God been perfected (completed, reached maturity). By this we may perceive (know, recognize, and be sure) that we are in Him:
6) Whoever says he abides in Him ought [as a personal debt] to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself.
For many years, I thought that following Jesus was only reading the Word, gathering together, and singing praises. I thought that the more I did those things the more I could build myself up to become a spiritual person. While it is true that doing all those things is very important in the Christian walk; I found that, more importantly, the Word that is effectually at work in me was completing its task at making less of the person I used to be. I thought that if I would become more, do more, learn more, preach more, it would make me a better Christian. All the while, Jesus was making me less, just as promised.
He knew that all of “my stuff” had little to do with representing Him. What I needed was more of Him and less of me.
He came to die for the best interests of others. He came empty of His own agendas, open only to the heart of His Father. He put aside Himself so that you and I might live eternally.
Now, those of us who believe and call Jesus “Lord” are asked to do the same for others as our only life’s work through God’s power, just as He did. Why is that so difficult for us to understand and submit to, especially in these closing days when our Lord is speaking very clearly to those who will hear?
Needing a whole lot more of that “less” stuff,