Find a place where you can be still and sense God’s presence. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your devotional time.
REFLECT AND PRAY
1) In verses 25-30, John the Baptist deescalates a debate by pointing to Jesus. John recognizes that Jesus is the Messiah and that Jesus must increase and he, John, must decrease. Ask God what areas of your life you still need to give up to Him. In your prayer time today, ask Him how you can become less and He can become greater in your life.
2) In verses 31-36, John the Evangelist reminds us that Jesus is God and was sent by the Father. All we need to do to receive eternal life is to believe in Jesus. Have you truly believed in Him? Give Him thanks because our redemption, other than in our acceptance of His mercy and grace and His perfect sacrifice on the cross, does not depend on us but on Him and His love for us.
Rest in Jesus. Let go of control of every aspect of your life: your relationships, your job, your finances, your ministry. Ask Jesus to come into those areas in which you still have to trust Him. Ask Him to increase as you decrease and relinquish control.
Guest Writer: Abraham Aldama
“Leap of Faith” is a devotional series on the Gospel of John for the Lent season. All readings are available on the Vineyard One NYC app, along with additional resources for Bible reading, worship, and prayer (IPhone app here; Google Play app here).