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John 3:25-26;30

John 3:25–26;30 (ESV): "25 Now a discussion arose between some of John's disciples and a Jew over purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him…30 He must increase, but I must decrease."

There is no room for jealousy in the body of Christ, particularly when it is over the ministry. When a man is trying to build his kingdom rather than God's kingdom he can become territorial. Sheep belong to the Good Shepherd and should be held on to loosely. God moves His herd around and works in their lives differently. Don't get offended!

From the beginning of time, man has struggled with how God is working in the life of another. Cain killed Abel because of this! John's (the Baptist) disciples were worried when Jesus began to baptize because all the people were going to Him. They were concerned but John had the right attitude, "He must increase." John knew His place and purpose and that there was no competition within the body of Christ. Jesus is the one we are trying to elevate and no one else!

How do you respond when you see God's hand at work in the lives of others? Are you jealous, upset, or disappointed like God has ripped you off? Why would we be upset for God increasing through someone other than us? The devil will dangle that carrot before you. Do not fall for it. We are here to build the kingdom of God, not a personal kingdom. Therefore rejoice when you see God being elevated through someone else in the body of Christ. He must increase and we must decrease! Amen?

Father, we thank You for using us to build Your kingdom. Help us not to get jealous when You use someone else other than us to do so. Help us to rejoice that the Gospel is going forward and lives are being changed. Your kingdom come, Your will be done we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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