May 23, 2016

John 3:22-30

Comedian Groucho Marx once said, “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.” In today’s passage, John the Baptist’s followers were swept up in their imaginary political struggle between their leader, John the Baptist, and Jesus. In a panic, they run to John exclaiming something very similar to, “We’re dropping in the polls! If you don’t do something right now, that Jesus fellow is going to force us out of the race!” But John, fully aware of his “primary” objection, shut them down and explained that his job to “prepare the way” for the Promised One, the true Messiah, had been completed. He then looked them square in the eyes and said, “He [Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease.”

Humans love to take sides, and we all want to be on the winning team. Even churches, just like John’s disciples, look to attendance, giving, and programs offered to quantify success and, in so doing, completely miss the point of the true reason and purpose behind why they exist.

Why does First Baptist Church of Lewisville exist? What is our mission? How does a church like ours decrease in order to make Jesus increase? How do you as a follower of Jesus decrease in order to make Jesus increase?