John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
When I first came to the Lord there was much in me that needed correction. There still is error in me that can do better. Somewhere in this life we live in Christ there has to be a turning point where it stops being all about me.
This verse was easy to accept in John’s ministry because John was the forerunner spirit, John made a way for the coming of the Lord. John’s ministry had to stop to allow the focus to be on Jesus’ ministry.
In these days our ministry is Christ in us. For His ministry to continue, we cannot withdraw. We are the chosen vessels of His ministry and it is not as simple and clear as it was for John to decrease.
One of the most difficult things for me to recognize was that turning point where those things that have been corrected in me where no longer weaknesses but strengths. That point is reached when grace is no longer just a thing received but given.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
We do not see that as long as all we see is our need for correction. Correction is needed but it should never be a thing used as an excuse to withhold pouring out grace upon others. Correction is God’s way of setting us free from the bonds of sin that keep grace from flowing out.
Look to Luke 6:38 again. You cannot withhold grace that is overflowing. It is beyond your control to contain. Let it flow thru you, you are not the source, just the vessel.