He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less – John 3:30 NLT
My favorite movie of all time is The Matrix. Though fiction it touches on spiritual matters that concern our everyday lives. Morpheus amongst his fellow rebels was the greatest. It was prophesied that he would find the chosen one. His whole existence was to find the one to liberate his people. Though admired he knew that he was not the greatest but was chosen to find one greater than him. When he eventually found Neo (the chosen), he had to train/disciple him to greatness. He knew that Neo would surpass him in every aspect and he played his part to make sure it came to pass.
In Christianity discipleship is very important and we are called to train/disciple people to prepare them for what GOD has in store for them (Ephesians 4:11- 12). Apostle Paul once said “poor yet making others rich” (2 Corinthians 6:10). He understood the mandate of building people to possibly be greater than him. Moses took the Israelites out of Egypt and yet it was Joshua that fulfilled the promise. Elijah discipled Elisha to be greater than him. Christ told his disciples that they will do even greater miracles than He. David was a great king yet his son is the one that built the temple. Some people are called to make way for others to be great. It takes great humility to prepare someone for greatness, to prepare someone who may surpass you.
We have many teachers and leaders in Christianity but very few fathers. We are in an era where people are training others to serve them. We don’t want people to outshine us so we make sure they make us shine, instead. If I’m a prophet mightily used by GOD those who follow me must always depend on me and must never be independent. I will “seek God” for all of you so that you are not distracted from serving me. We even use Scripture to suppress our people such as ‘If you receive a righteous man in the name of a righteous man you will receive a righteous man’s reward’ (Matthew 10:41). So you serving me is biblical and should be very fulfilling for you. You should be honored to even be carrying my bag.
The people in the Bible understood and embraced the responsibility to make others greater than themselves. Eli loved and encouraged Samuel into his calling. Even when he knew that his own calling was going to be taken from him because of his disobedience, he still guided Samuel in the right direction. John the Baptist had a very powerful ministry yet when Christ came along he was willing to move aside because he knew that his calling was to make way for someone much greater than him. His own disciples were jealous that Christ’s ministry was growing but he was quick to remind them that his joy was fulfilled because the One had come – that He may increase and I decrease. That those who are under us may increase in GOD should be our ultimate goal. May GOD grant us the grace and the humility to make others greater than ourselves. May we also speak of others as Paul spoke of Timothy (1Timothy 1:2).
We have many teachers and leaders in Christianity but very few fathers; we are in an era where people are training others to serve them