What do you do when you are faced with competition? First, you grumble and complain about the other party. Then, you strategize and determine the activities you need to engage to ensure the win. That’s where most of us stop. We relish in the victory and move on to our next conquest.
This was not true, however, for John the Baptist. He knew a better way. He pursued a better victory. He lived for God’s glory. What does that really mean? The best answer is found in John 3:30. It says, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” In other words, John the Baptist had no desire to become someone or something. Instead, he used his thoughts, talents, deeds, relationships so that Jesus could become everything.
What would change in your life if your goal was to glorify God? when glorification becomes my chief aim, my activities change. Not just my activities, but also my goals. My words change, my conversations are different, and my general attitude is adjusted. Frustration is irrelevant because God can be glorified in all things, at all times, no matter what. Failure is simply not possible.
So, how do we do it? Just like John the Baptist with a simple choice that says “I must decrease so that he can increase.”