Got a little double-gold for ya on this lovely Saturday! I’ve been seeing more than ever lately being put in some situations that are much too difficult for me to handle that I, by myself, just Jordan Rogers, I don’t have what it takes to handle them. I don’t have what it takes to handle anything. The crazy part about what I’ve learned during this time is that I continue to see this truth and learn this truth but I still go back to leaning on myself and my power to get the job done. Christ shows me every day that He is clearly driving the car and by far the best driver ever but I keep reaching for the wheel thinking for whatever reason that I can drive better?!?!?
I was brought back to this old God Gold from awhile back before sending them through here was ever an idea and it was just another awesome reminder to take my hands off the wheel and let Christ drive my life in ways only He can do! This verse is one I put on the front of the blog page because it’s a lesson I’ve learned over and over again. A lesson that shows us, outside of Christ and His strength, we are not capable of doing what God has called us to do, we are not capable of pleasing God. It’s crazy to me, after two years of sending these messages and living life as a follower of Christ, this lesson never gets old. No matter how much education you get, title you have, or position in life, this truth still stands true and becomes more and more real with each day we live. “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
I was back in Colossians today and seeing Paul talking about what an awesome priveledge it is to be called by God into a relationship with Him but that’s not it. The priveledge expands farther than just ourselves. This amazing opportunity Christ has given us is to not only live in this victorious and life of freedom in Him, but we get to share in His glory as we show Christ to the world around us. Jesus could have easily gotten the job done Himself but instead He called us to a mission that is far greater than any out there. To share the awesome message of the Gospel and what Jesus has done for us through word, action and example to all those around us. It’s cool seeing how Paul talks about this then at the end He gives the source for how he can do what he does. The only way he can share the gospel message with the world, the only way he can live a life that pleases God. Paul says in Colossians 1:29, “29 That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.”
Paul gives us the source of everything He does. He doesn’t give us a big wild formula or rule book to live more like Christ and attack this mission with the hope of changing the world. It’s through Jesus’ might strength and power working within him. That’s it. It’s not about us or what we can do, to do anything at all it comes from Christ and the provision He brings to our lives. It blows my mind that Christ let us in to be tools for His use on this mission to spread the Good News into other’s lives around us!!! It’s a great priveldge that can only be accomplished through Christ and His strength. It’s funny that’s it been over a year since that message was sent out but I’m still in this position of, “”I have no idea what I’m doing Lord, but I’m gonna show up and you’re going to show out!”
Just an awesome reminder that must be constant in our lives as we all struggle daily trying to drive a car that was never meant for us to drive. Only through Christ do we have what we need to get the job done, only through His strength not our own! It’s a reminder to put at the beginning of every day and every situation. Christ must increase and I must decrease. That’s the only way and He’s the only way!
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Realized over the last few days how much I was putting my glory above God’s glory, trying to be in the center of my will instead of the center of God’s will. At first, I had no idea cause I was blinded by my pride but when I started seeing the fruit produced from that way of living, it was so easy to see how I had wandered off His path. That fruit was nasty, it stunk, and definitely wasn’t edible. My failures humbled me big time so throughout the day, I tried to readjust my focus on putting Christ at the center, He increased and I decreased. The difference was unbelievable! Things were thrown at me that “I” couldn’t handle but HE overcame! Talk about some Christ produced, mouth watering, good fruit, the kind that makes you leave wanting more! I know it’s built in us to say “I got it”, but from learning the hard way, letting Him take over, putting my selfish pride aside, God’s will is done and overcoming is constant. Our biggest enemy majority of the time is ourselves. After this big lesson, something I started praying over and writing everywhere was this: “I have no idea what I’m doing Lord, but I’m gonna show up and you’re going to show out!” The challenge is to learn from my mistakes and take this verse to heart because when we are decreasing and He is increasing, not only does our life change, He changes the world around us.