John the Baptist was near the end of his ministry when some of his disciples said to him, “John, have you realized Jesus is getting all the attention, and you’re not getting much attention anymore?” But John said this in John 3:30. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” This is the life verse of every truly successful person. Jesus must increase, and I must decrease so that He can increase. That’s my prayer – that I will decrease so people can see Jesus in me because, frankly, people are tired of seeing pastors. People are tired of seeing preachers. People are tired of seeing Christians. They want to see Jesus. That’s what people want to see. They don’t want to see the ego that so often comes up in my life. They want to see Jesus. People don’t want to see your ego; they want to see Jesus Christ.
Jesus didn’t come to this earth and die and rise again to start a religion. He didn’t say, “Follow my religion.” No, He said, “Follow Me.” What did He do? He humbled Himself. He stepped down from His home in Heaven. He came down that ultimate ladder, all the way down to where I am in the middle of my sins, in the middle of my ego and pride. He died for me and He rose again. That tomb is empty so my life can be filled. Our goal is to take all the barriers out of the way so people can see Jesus Christ.
Ultimately, it comes down to one word; surrender. I surrender my goals, my will, and my ego so God can do what He wants. If you don’t come to that place each and every day you will go through pain, and you will go through difficulties. And you will finally get to the place where you say, “God, I give up, you win. You’re God. I’m not. I’m tired of trying. I’m tired of banging my head against the wall. I’m tired of trying to do it myself. I’m worn out, and I can’t do it anymore. I give up.” God just smiles and says, “Finally, it’s about time. Now I can get into business.” That happens almost every day in my life – that moment of surrender.
What has been your experience in surrendering to Christ? What has been the hardest part of the surrender? What has been the most rewarding aspect of laying down everything to God? Share your thoughts in the comments.