To this John replied. “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, I am not the Messiah, but am sent ahead of him.” The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listen for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. “He must become greater and I must become less.” John 3:27-30
Imagine your life if all you ever did was add to your possessions. Unless we want to be featured on a certain, very popular reality television show about people with far too much stuff, bringing new things in necessitates taking old things out. We don’t build a bigger closet, we go through and select which items to donate. We don’t build a bigger garage, we trade the aging sedan, or minivan for a newer, better model.
So too, when we accept Christ’s sacrifice and the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our hearts, we must make room. Old habits must make way for fresh, inspired new ways of being. As his presence grows inside us, the old ways diminish. When we allow Jesus to increase in our lives, things like jealousy, bitterness, and insecurity need to be bagged up and taken out so that graciousness, forgiveness, and the confidence Christ offers can move it.