Two imperatives for the Christian. As John the Baptist expressed it. John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
Two musts. Two keys for the successful Christian life.
How can we increase the Jesus that is in us? God wants our faith and godliness to grow and increase. God wants us to grow. He wants us to feed on His Word. Develop an appetite for spiritual things. Be hungry to know more about Jesus.
We can magnify our Lord, as literally praise does. It magnifies Him. It makes Him our focus and attention. Psalm 34:3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
Grow in your love of God. Let Him be your focus. God’s desire is that there be more of Him and less of us in our lives. Determine to substitute the things of God for the things of the world.
God’s desire is for us to mature in Christ! 2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.