Last night I went to bed early as I was very tired after a long week with Addy having pneumonia. I told myself I was going to skip my devotions for the night. But God had other plans. Instead, I decided to pick up now my favorite devotional that my parents gave me; My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.
In my past few posts I have talked about struggling with my identity in Christ and just who I am as a follower, wife, mom, etc. I have been really seeking God and making sure he is with me each step of the way. As person that is type A and wanting to control every situation that can be a bit of a hindrance when giving up and heeding to Christ.
This devotional I read last night was meant for me. Even though I was tired, giving up the few moment to read this devotional encouraged me to press on. IT encouraged me to heed to him, to listen to him. I hope it encourages you too.
Decreasing for His Purpose
He must increase, but I must decrease —John 3:30
If you become a necessity to someone else’s life, you are out of God’s will. As a servant, your primary responsibility is to be a “friend of the bridegroom” (John 3:29). When you see a person who is close to grasping the claims of Jesus Christ, you know that your influence has been used in the right direction. And when you begin to see that person in the middle of a difficult and painful struggle, don’t try to prevent it, but pray that his difficulty will grow even ten times stronger, until no power on earth or in hell could hold him away from Jesus Christ. Over and over again, we try to be amateur providence's in someone’s life. We are indeed amateurs, coming in and actually preventing God’s will and saying, “This person should not have to experience this difficulty.” Instead of being friends of the Bridegroom, our sympathy gets in the way. One day that person will say to us, “You are a thief; you stole my desire to follow Jesus, and because of you I lost sight of Him.”
Beware of rejoicing with someone over the wrong thing, but always look to rejoice over the right thing. “. . . the friend of the bridegroom . . . rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:29-30). This was spoken with joy, not with sadness-at last they were to see the Bridegroom! And John said this was his joy. It represents a stepping aside, an absolute removal of the servant, never to be thought of again.
Listen intently with your entire being until you hear the Bridegroom’s voice in the life of another person. And never give any thought to what devastation, difficulties, or sickness it will bring. Just rejoice with godly excitement that His voice has been heard. You may often have to watch Jesus Christ wreck a life before He saves it (see Matthew 10:34).