Increase God, Decrease Me

Making Room For God

“Just sit there and be quiet.  Don’t speak.  I will handle everything.  It will be better if you just listen since I know most of the information,” says God.

Humility comes into play.  As you sit and listen, and desperately wish you could add in your two cents; you realize that God has a plan.  You pray for God’s guidance.  You pray that He will nudge you if He needs you.  He doesn’t nudge you this time.  You wait for Him to ask, but this time He uses someone else.  It’s okay.  Sometimes God uses others instead of you.  It doesn’t always need to be you.

This situation takes humility.  John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Have you ever tackled a project that you just nailed?  After completing the project, you are ready to take it on again the next year, make a few changes, and nail it again.  You do this year after year because you love it and you are good at it.  It becomes a habit.  The fun seems to subside each year, but you still do it; because no one can do it like you.  Right?

This mentality seems great, but that is not what God has planned for us.  God does not want us to do the same thing over and over again.  He wants us to venture out of the box, to expand our wisdom, and to push our limits.  When we continue to do the same thing over and over just because we are good at it – how is that growing our faith?

Take it one step further – how is that blocking someone else from trying to tackle that project?  We are stifling others when we continue to take on the same project year after year.

John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Humility.  We have to listen when God tells us to step back – even when we seem like the perfect person for the job.  We have to realize when God is telling us to “sit down and be quiet.”

Doing God’s work involves knowing when to let go.  God wants us to grow in our faith and when things get boring or monotonous, He may be telling us to move on.

A good friend once said to me, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”  I think I responded with, “What are you talking about?  Of course I should.”  She explained to me that patience and wisdom would show me the path.  God doesn’t always call us because we are capable.  Remember, He makes us worthy.  Just because we say no to one thing doesn’t mean God’s work won’t get done.

God’s work will get done.  Isn’t it better if it is done by people who are stretching their boundaries, acting out of faith, and delivering completion because of the Glory of God?  Isn’t it awesome when projects for God are done because a nervous, timid person steps out of the shadows to show their immense faith that God will give them the strength?  I think so.  I think that is God’s plan.  He makes us worthy.  We aren’t already worthy.  He makes us worthy.

John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

If you don’t have to decrease your own selfish desires to tackle a project for God, you may not be the right one for the job.  We are supposed to tackle our pride, our societal values, and our immorality in order to do God’s work.  It is called humility.  Step aside and let God take over.  His Glory will shine through you!  Or better yet, His Glory may shine through someone else…

About aslamkowski

Blogger, Speaker and Author of "Revealing Faith: Learning to Place God First in Your Life" Most importantly, desperately wanting to hear and follow God's Will, wife of Peter and mother of three kids.
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2 Responses to Increase God, Decrease Me

  1. I never thought about this before. “Isn’t it better if it is done by people who are stretching their boundaries, acting out of faith, and delivering completion because of the Glory of God?” Great perspective!

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