This morning, I found myself in an hour-long prayer and scripture-reading session, asking God for today's topic. There were so many candidates, for the Bible is incredibly rich with a plethora of themes worthy of reflection. After searching diligently for one such theme, here is where I landed.
As Christ increases, we decrease. This is a familiar theme for us. We echo John the Baptist's words: "He must become greater; I must become less." (John 3:30) The question is this: "How do I enable Christ to increase in power and control over my life, and I decrease in the same?"
At the highest level, there must be action and inaction taken for Christ's influence over our lives to increase and our flesh's influence to decrease. Reflecting on James 2:17, "In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." Likewise, the inaction I need to take is around running my own life, acting in my own self-interests, and catering to my fleshly desires.
Here are some actions we can take. Please join me in taking them. But also remember, there is also the inaction of self-serving, selfish behavior to also "take."
ACTIONS TO INCREASE CHRIST'S INFLUENCE OVER OUR LIVES
In our quest to let Christ increase in our lives, these actions serve as tangible steps we can take. They are not merely tasks to check off but invitations to a deeper communion with God. As we decrease and Christ increases in us, our lives become a testament to the transforming power of the gospel. May we all do this. Amen.
Your aspiring servant, Daniel M.
November 09, 2023
POSTSCRIPT: Dear friends, if this daily, transparent "Conversations with Christ" blesses you, please go to www.SOLIDpastors.org, where you will find these posted, and a repository of all, in English and Spanish. Note: All scriptures quoted are from the NIV.
If you ever want to chat, you can reach me at Daniel@SOLIDpastors.org. May Christ bless you richly as you have your own intimate, daily conversations with Christ.