“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
The two most important truths contained within this Scripture is when Jesus is truly recognized, it is His influence and not our own that must take precedence. We are given influence in order to influence others to see and know Him. Some may not remember us, but that is not the most important thing. If they are enabled to see Him and be led by Him, the work of God is complete and the reward in heaven awaits us. Secondly, our moment in the sun is temporary. Our role is to prepare the way for those who will take our place. A good spiritual leader must maintain his sight on eternity yet continue his work in the present. Who will be our successors, and will they exceed us in effectiveness? Fathers must pass the baton their sons to run the relay race surpassing the old records that were previously set. Records are set to be broken. the knowledge of Jesus Christ increases, there will be a generation that will reach cultures and penetrate places beyond our abilities. But we must train them for the tasks that lie ahead. We must get out of the way and let Jesus have His way.