I Must Become Less

By LoganWeileriii

How Can I Serve You Lord? That’s a prayer many of us have prayed numerous times hoping for and desiring direction. I would venture to say most all of us, who call ourselves Christians, have a desire to serve God in some way. We all want to have a special purpose, and for our lives to have meaning.

I know for myself, I want to somehow make a difference. I want my time on this earth to be much more than just living life. I want my life to have meaning.

I’d be a liar if I didn’t admit that a big part of that desire is about how it makes me feel. I know it’s kind of selfish on my part, but I can’t help it. I like to feel good inside, so I like to do things that make me feel good. Serving and being part of something bigger than myself does that for me.

So, I can’t think of anything that would feel better than to serve God and have Him take a special shine to me. Don’t you feel the same?

I look at the relationship God had with King David, and I’m jealous. Even with all David’s faults, God called him a man after God’s own heart. I want God to feel that way about me. I look at Peter, who like me, had many faults, and I’m jealous of his relationship with Christ.

I have to admit, I have not yet received a clear defined path to follow, or work to do. Oh, I know God wants me to do certain things and live a certain way, and I have been striving to do that. But I want more than that, don’t you?

I think I might have at least part of the reason I have not received a clear message of a work I might do for God. Maybe you can relate to this, and maybe not; but I think part of the reason is I have made it mainly about me.

What can “I do”? How can “I serve”? I want to feel good about me, I want, I want, I want.

Can any of you relate?

When I look at King David, Peter, and many other servants of The Most High God; they didn’t seem to be preoccupied with how they felt. They had a zeal for God, a zeal for living the life God had called them to. It wasn’t about them, it was about God.

In a message I heard not too long ago, the speaker talked about an “a hah” moment he had. His sharing of his “a hah” moment was an “a hah” moment for me. He realized that the question he was asking was the wrong question. Instead of praying for, or asking God, “what can I do to serve You”, he realized he should be praying, “please help me be more like your Son”.

The speaker also mentioned that God is more interested in our holiness, than our happiness.

I was looking for happiness by how I thought I would feel serving God. I am now on a new mission to become more like my Savior, and in doing that God just might have a use for me to serve Him.

Like John the Baptist said, He must become more, and I must become less. I think I have learned a very valuable lesson.

Lord, please help me be more like your Son?

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  • John 3:30 haunts me.

    • Mike

      Me too.

  • I’m with you, Mike. I’ll admit that it’s a scary thing to grasp what the ones that God chose had to go through. I too desire to serve, but I’m okay being in my small corner of the world… “To whom much is given much is required…” Wisdom tells me the implications in this flesh isn’t all candy and roses. It haunts me like Bill’s verse haunts him…

    • Mike

      I agree. I want to serve, but not sure I want to go through what many of God’s servants went through..