his is one of the shortest verses in the Bible. In its shortness, it speaks volumes of how we are to mature in the Lord. In these seven words, we find powerful instructions on growing in the Lord. As we grow in the Lord, there will be indicators of our growth that are evident in our life. The best and most effective way for growing in the Lord is to first allow self, pride and lust to decrease. God will permeate everything about you as you allow Him to increase.
“He must increase but I must decrease.” ~ John 3:30
We desire more of God in our lives but are not always willing to let go of ourselves to make room for any more. It is a bit un-nerving for most of us to totally surrender ourselves. There are so many things we want to remain in control of and to hold on to. Even un-pleasant things we seem to cling to simply because we have become so accustomed to doing so.
Total surrender is letting go of everything. Immersing our heart and soul completely in the will of God with the understanding that things may not always go our way. God has given us life and it is ours to choose whether or not we will decrease so that God will increase. Will we trust completely or will we take our lives by the reigns and press forward on our own? If our choice is surrender, we then have a responsibility to serve God with our entire being and to trust His decisions and judgments. We must be willing to take a giant leap of faith and trust that He will catch us with His loving arms.