As long as I can remember, I’ve heard Christians talk about this concept. I must decrease so Christ can increase. It has never settled well in my spirit. Why would God make us all unique and gifted only to wipe us away? We are “fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139)” yet in order for Christ to reign we have to make our fearful and wonderful selves nothing? That just never made sense to me.
I’ve been reading this book written by Steve McVey.
One of the chapters touches on this subject. At first look, this idea of all of Him, less of me appears to be rooted in humility. It seems right, right? I mean, in order to be truly surrendered, we have to be nothing. The only way to be super spiritual is to become less so he can become more, right?
Let’s take a look at what the Word says.
First, let me quote Steve McVey, “Your life is not all of Him and none of you. Think about it this way: When Jesus came into this world in human form, was it all of God and none of Him? No, to the contrary– it was all of God AND all of Him. Jesus and His Father were in complete union so that He was 100 percent man and 100 percent god at the same time. Now, even thought Jesus is God, while you and I are not, we have come into union with God through christ. Our very existence resides in Jesus Christ, and we have fellowship with God through Him by the ministry of the Holy Spirit.”
Whoa. Did you get that? This truth IS SO MUCH BETTER!!!
1 Corinthians 6:17 – “But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” NASB
You are one spirit with God. It’s not part me and part him. There is no way to make one side of this equation do something that the other side doesn’t have to do. It’s all one big piece. In some ways if I decrease, then Christ too much decrease. Because we are ONE WITH GOD.
Colossians 2:9-10 – “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.”
You are complete in Him. This means you don’t need to decrease because you as you are IN HIM is complete and whole. Why decrease what God has already fixed and re-created and a NEW MAN?
To quote Steve McVey again, “The Bibles message is not “Christ instead of your life,” as if it’s a matter of replacement in which He swallows up our humanity and we don’t exist anymore. Nor is it just “christ in your life,” as if it were a matter of having a divine additive that enhances our humanity. It is Christ as your life. He is in us. We are in Him. So it is all of Him in us, but it’s also all of us in Him. There is oneness.”
Drop the mic because that says it perfectly.
We are CO-LABORATORS Christ. It’s hard to co-labor if we have removed ourselves in order to make Christ everything. (1 Corinthians 3:9)
So, you are not “just a conduit.” It’s not okay to be passive in walking out your faith to those around you. I can’t sit back and just wait for Christ to be everything and live his life through me.
Steve McVey describes it as me and Jesus. Both of our necks in the same yoke. It’s not me becoming less so Christ can pull it alone. Instead, He wants us just as we are. Unique. Fearful and Wonderful. Surrendered but bold in our abilities and giftings. Ready to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit as we go.
This week this happened to me. I had an experience where I acted in my uniqueness. The things Dacian does. I allowed the Holy Spirit to work through me in all of what I am. My extroverted encourager self. Just as he made me. And it has made all the difference in the lives of those around me. If I had chosen some type of misguided humility instead of walking as God created me to be, things would have turned out much differently.
I find myself enterally grateful for the TRUTH that I don’t have to decrease. Instead, I am clay in the hands of a loving potter who molds me and makes me into his vessel ready to co-labor with him. Carrying the yoke with him. Acting out as the Holy Spirit guides me and unashamed of the whole and complete person God has made me through his Son.