1 – Less of Me
Key Scripture: “He [meaning God] must become greater; I must become less.” – John 3:30
“Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan– the one you testified about – well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” – John 3:26
To mature physically you must INCREASE, but to mature spiritually you must DECREASE.
“You shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” – Exodus 24:14
“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, every one who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory.” – Isaiah 43:6-7
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
- Less of me means losing my dreams
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
- Less of me means losing my stuff
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” – Psalm 24:1
“For what gives you the right to make such a judgment? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?” – 1 Corinthians 4:7
“Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.” – Mark 10:21-22
“Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!” – Ecclesiastes 5:10
- Less of me means losing my life.
“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.” – Ephesians 2:1
“If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” – Matthew 10:39
“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” – Ephesians 2:4-5, 8-9
– What are some things that are pretty high ranking in your life? How are they greater?
– Do you think it is possible to be a true follower of Christ and be all about yourself?
– Why does becoming less not really seem that attractive to you? How is living with that mindset in our current culture really difficult?
– What are some things that are occupying the greater space in your life that need to be removed this week? Pray about those.
– What are some practical ways you can see the ‘less of you’ take place this week?