What does it mean to become a disciple of Christ? To become an example among believers? To become imitators of the work of Christ? In so many ways we have to become less so Christ can become more, more central, more valuable, and drive us at our core. The future of the church is entrusted to the people to become.
1 Thessalonians 1:4-7 (ESV)
For we know, brothers[a] loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.
John 3:27-30 (ESV)
John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.”