…they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.” John answered and said…He must increase; I must decrease.” John 3:26-27a, 30
In this passage, we can see the greatness of John the Baptist, a man who knew who he was, and who knew what he was not. John gave his whole life to penance, preaching conversion, and baptizing. His ministry is bearing fruit where many are coming out to the waters to be baptized through his ministry. Jesus comes on the scene and everyone stops coming to John. For most of us, to have something like this happen, it would be a difficult task to stand by and let another gather the fruit of the labor. It is in this we see the quality of John.
“He must increase; I must decrease.”
It takes great humility to put our labors as the fruit of God’s work and His grace; to give thanks to God for all the good we do and acknowledge from where any good deed flourishes is from the hand of God.
Let us today lay at the feet of Jesus all of our good works, and acknowledge from where the power of goodness comes. From the hand of God and His Holy Spirit.
May God bless you.