Dec. 18, 2021

John 3:30

Sometimes we encounter subtle adversities that we weren't prepared to answer properly. There is a fellow that follows my service at Andover who brings a Catholic service for the devouts in residence, many of whom attend the service I administer.
He is usually there early enough to catch the latter moments of my sermon as he listens just outside the Chapel. As we were exiting last Sunday, he attempted to glorify me and the ministry that the Lord has given me. He asked if I saved anyone today. I told him I have never saved anyone, that belongs to only Jesus Christ.
He related my ministry to that of John the Baptist and his call for preachers. I reiterated that I will take no glory for myself and that all glory belongs to God and His Son, Jesus Christ. He appeared to be unable to grasp what I was telling him.
As I was headed to my next ministry, a quote from John the Baptist occurred to me: "He must increase, but I must decrease." (John 3:30) It is not now, nor has it ever been about me. It is 100% about Jesus Christ.
Religious people have difficulty with this concept. Since they have busied themselves attempting to please God, they believe they have "bragging rights" for their dedication. The Word of God is clear that no one has boasting rights either here or in eternity.
"So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." (Romans 4:12) Context is extremely important with this verse. The verses before and after make it clear that everything has been done for us by God through Jesus Christ. So, what is the proper response to this accounting?
Lord, I have nothing. I have nothing but You, for You have done it all to glorify Yourself. May God have ALL glory, honor and praise.
~Brother Mike