John 3:25-30 NRSVue

25Now a discussion about purification arose between John’s disciples and a Jew. 26They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” 27John answered, “No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. 28You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.’ 29He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom who stands and hears him rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. 30He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Some thoughts on this scripture

John was not concerned about gathering numbers of disciples: he was clear about who he was, about who Jesus was. He realised that all goodness comes from the same source. I ask the Lord to bless me with the same freedom of spirit.

Although he attracted the crowds, John was anything but a celebrity! He was prepared to decrease, his humility is remarkable. I drawn his inspiration as I consider how I might think less of myself.