'He must become greater... I must become less.' John 3:30 TLB
When the crowds left John the Baptist to follow Jesus, he said: 'He must become greater... I must become less' (John 3:30 TLB). John knew that the crowd leaving him for Christ had been placed under his care for a period of time. For John this was just fine.
John's view of the crowd presents us with an important principle. John could have said 'I'm a preacher, I need people to listen to me' or 'I'm the one who has done all the work; why should he get all the credit'. But John knew that for Jesus, the answer to people's salvation, to increase in the minds and hearts of the people, John must decrease and step aside. He had done what he had been called to do, for that time.
Maybe you lead, or would like to lead. Maybe you're a preacher, performer or worshipper. If God has given you gifts it can be easy to stand up and be noticed. But do you need to be noticed? Or do you see the gifts and opportunities God has given you as way of helping others get what they actually need...Jesus.
So what now? What is success, as God counts success? It's when others hear you, but follow Jesus. It's when others see some quality in you that causes them to fall more in love with him. Only when that happens, and you feel like you've lost nothing in the process, can you truly say, 'Father, I step aside. I've done what you called me to do.'
Soulfood: Neh 8-10, Mark 12:13-27, Ps 78:56-64, Prov 24: 5-9