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He Must Become Greater!

John 3:30

He must become greater; I must become less.

82015 RayPractice doesn’t make perfect – perfect practice makes perfect. That was something my High School football coach use to say. It wasn’t going through the motions in practice that would make us a better football team – but rather it was doing things right – over and over again – that would make us better. Through perfect practice we would soon be able to do the right things without even thinking about it. It would become natural.

Salvation is a free gift from God – for those who receive what Jesus did on the Cross of Calvary – who received Jesus as Lord and Savior. Ephesians 2:8 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—.

Once we have salvation – we are called to walk out our faith in such a way that God is glorified. Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. We are to let our light – the light of Christ in us – shine so that others see Jesus and give Him glory.

We are called to continue to grow closer to Jesus. This growth is called Sanctification – the process of becoming holy. 2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible reminds us that in order to grow or mature in our faith walk – as John the Baptist put it – He must become greater; I must become less. John was yielding his position in life to Jesus – he was turning over his disciples to become disciples of Jesus. He knew that it wasn’t all about him – it was all about Jesus.

As we grow in our faith – as we mature in our walk with Jesus – we must become less and He must become more and greater.  We can only walk this out as we strive to be more like Jesus.  Remember – it is perfect practice that makes perfect.  As we read in yesterday’s message – we are called to seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Matthew 6:33

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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October 26, 2015 - Posted by | Build, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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