John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

Jesus, who in today’s Gospel is mentioned to be baptising others, in some terms could be introduced as a learner because John was the one who baptised Him. However, John’s disciples brought forward their concerns when Jesus’ audience seemed to be getting larger than his. This situation is a rather ‘common outcome: ‘the student becoming greater than the master’.

For many then, that signalled a sign of strife requiring the use of all one’s efforts to return to the summit, to the place of superiority. Yet, John responded ‘He must increase, but I must decrease’.

Competition in such situations yield no helpful results other than only creating unnecessary tensions and avoidable casualties. Beloved, we ought to be excited and genuinely happy that those who pass through our classroom and receive our guidance in any form, go on to also achieve great things. That state of being able to celebrate others is a sign of maturity.


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