Less is More

January 11, 2021, By: Jimmy Scruggs

“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” John 3:30 (TLB)
“I read this verse last week and I thought what a perfect recovery verse – Becoming less so I can be more of what God would have me be. Just how do we do that? Honestly, the answer eluded me for many years; my eyes were open but I was blind. That’s what happens when you’re stuck in self-will–the answer is right in front of you but you can’t see it.
When I hear someone say I have turned my will over to God, as in past tense, I’m reminded that it took me awhile to understand that turning my will over to God is a daily decision and process, not a once in a while choice. I don’t know about you, but there are times when I metaphorically bench Jesus; I start paying attention to that old nemesis called self-talk instead of God talk. Self-talk is the unholy trinity of me, myself and I. When this thinking picks up steam, I’m headed somewhere fast, usually downhill as self-will takes control my life. When this happens to me, I come face to face with this truth: I have little room for God in my life if I am playing God in my life.
Learning to surrender my will over to Gods will is the answer; it has to be less about me and more about Jesus. In Christ centered recovery I have found that every one of us falls short and have areas in our lives that we need help from Jesus. In fact, God doesn’t want part of our lives; he wants all of our lives-the good, the bad, the ugly. Being human is being perfectly imperfect; being loved by God is Divine. Turn your will over to God every morning and don’t forget to thank Him when the day is done.
“Principle 7: “Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain power to follow His will.”
“Step 11: “We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and power to carry that out.”
God loves you, Jesus died for you, His spirit lives in you

Dana Cramer
Crossroads Church