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John 3:30

posted Jun 22, 2012, 9:49 AM by David Gerhart
"He must become greater; I must become less." John 3:30.

The story of the Rich Young Ruler is echoed in three of the Gospels. ( Matthew 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30)

“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Mat 19:20

The persistence of man's compulsion to accumulate credentials, accolades, records, qualifications and all manner of authority seems boundless.  If outright wealth and power were not enough for this young man, he was quite fully invested in also becoming righteous enough to obtain all that the Kingdom of God would convey.  

The type is consistent with worldly measure -- "The guy who dies with the most toys wins."  Living by increase, is no life ... it's a contest.

Conversely, the outward action of dispossessing ourselves of wealth in favor of serving the needy is not actually enough.  Nor is an offer to purchase power worthy.

“Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” Acts 20:19

Simon the sorcerer thought to acquire the power to expand his deception and increase his business -- selling miracles.  (Where do we see this today?!)

Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!  You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Acts 8:20-21

The concern of God is the condition of the heart of man.  If the Rich man would sell his stuff, simply to exchange it for heavenly wealth, it seems like an empty transaction.   God wants a relationship.  Exclusive conjugal love with his bride.  

Believers learn to value walking the path of life with Jesus as our portion.  All else is chaff and dross.   Material wealth,  intellectual baggage, approval of our "betters" -- diminishes as Jesus rises in our being.

John the Baptist:  "He must become greater; I must become less." John 3:30.