Zero Spirituality

Zero:  Diminishing 

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.

John 3:30, NLT

 

Before our Lord appeared, John the Baptist had incredible popularity.  Thousands and thousands came to him as he preached in the wilderness of Judea.  However when Jesus initiated His own ministry, people left in droves to follow Him.  Imagine having a wildly successful thing going, and the next day having it fizzle.

I have discovered that it is one thing to be the center of attention, and quite another to be a minor player.  John was the MVP, but overnight he was sent to the farm team (baseball metaphor).  Men and women reach for center stage, to be in the limelight.  But very few can move in the other direction gracefully.

A conductor was asked what the hardest instrument to play.  The interviewer expected that it would be a saxophone or trombone or some other.  The conductor just smiled,  and said, “The hardest is the second violin”.

How great victory was that which Jonathan must have gained over himself, when he rejoiced to see David raised above him! He discerned the mind of God in David, and had so learned to delight in God, that he did not see in David one who was to outshine him, but another faithful man raised up for God and Israel.”    –Robert C. Chapman
 
Jonathan understood, first who David really was.  He had a sense of who David was, his destiny and giftings.  Second, he knew himself in the light of who David really was.  He turned his back decisively on being made king.  Ambition was not in his vocabulary.  He could rejoice in David; you see Jonathan was a free man.
 
The challenge of the day in our Churches is not leadership.  That is something relatively easy to fix.  But the real issue is servanthood; of being a great follower.  Thomas a Kempis counseled,
 
“Be desirous, my son, to do the will of another rather than thine own.”
  
That is an interesting place to find yourself.  But that is the need of the moment.  He must increase, become greater, and I must decrease, become lesser.  There can be no room for personal aggrandizement.  We need people to play second fiddle.
 

Published by Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alask.a (Actually I have it pretty good.)

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