The other day in worship my friend Andrew began to sing a refrain that most of us are pretty familiar with. “More of you and less of me, Jesus“. The problem was that he changed it up and sang out “More of you means more of me. More of you means the real me.” It caught me off guard and I needed a minute to process it before I could actually sing it out.
Initially it seemed contrary to a humble heart. The message of humility is something that has marked me. Not because I necessarily have a firm grasp on it. More because the Lord has revealed to me its utmost importance in the life of His followers. So I had to ask myself, does more of Him really mean more of me?
I Must Decrease?
For most of my walk with the Lord, I’ve been taught from the pulpit that I must decrease. John the Baptist is often quoted as he spoke this of Jesus, “He must increase but I must decrease.” (John 3:30).
John was a forerunner for Christ. He was paving the way and setting the stage for the coming of the King. When Christ finally came, John knew it was time for him to get out of the way. Not because he was unimportant, but because he didn’t want to distract from Christ.
People were looking to him for answers when they could now go directly to the Christ. Not figuratively in prayer. Literally in person.
John had to decrease because anyone who came to him received an incomplete revelation of the Messiah. Emmanuel was God with us in the flesh. No other moment in history was afforded this opportunity. If John didn’t decrease, he would have undone the very path he paved.
The Least In The Kingdom
God’s given me this new revelation of humility. It’s not about increasing or decreasing. It’s about being who I am. Sometimes that means going low. Other times it means being bold. But it is always rooted in my confidence in Him.
Jesus had some pretty great things to say about John the Baptist. But many forget what he says about us in the new covenant:
“Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” Matthew 11:11
John was the last and greatest of the old covenant prophets. He had the honor to be the final forerunner of the coming of the Bridegroom. He was a pretty big deal.
But Christ says the LEAST in the Kingdom is greater than he.
I don’t think he was talking about value or honor. I believe He was talking about authority and glory.
The Hope of Glory
Yesterday as we studied Romans in my home fellowship group, my friend Andy said this: “Do you realize that the God of creation, the Spirit that hovered above the waters, the Word that spoke all things into existence lives IN you?”
I had to let that one sink in.
As much as we praise and honor the men and women of the Old Testament and we imagine what life was like to experience God the way they did, it’s easy to forget that they longed for what we experience.
Paul says in Colossians 1 that there has been this mystery hidden for ages and generations that is now finally revealed. He says that this revelation is the full realization of the word of God. This is the revelation:
“Christ in you, the hope of glory”
This is our identity. This is our destiny.
When we really know who we are as sons and daughters, we don’t have to make less of this glorious truth. Many times when people say they must decrease, it’s really just false humility anyways.
We are awesome by proxy.
Not because of anything we’ve done but because Who now dwells inside of us.
Humility is the foundation that keeps this all in perspective. It’s never about pointing to us, humility always points to Jesus.
So with that understanding, I was finally able to sing it out.
“More of you means more of me. More of you means the real me. More of you, more of you, Jesus!”
What do you think? Are we really to decrease?
What do you think it means that the least in the Kingdom is greater than John?