Decreasing Distractions, Increasing Christ - Janie Reed

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” — John 3:30 (ESV)

My prayer is that Christ is on display in my life, and increasing Christ in my life has multiple meanings for me. There is the aspect of putting God first in my day-to-day life and being intentional about getting quietly alone with Him regularly. The more you spend time with someone or do something, the more that will increase in your life. I find this to be so true with my relationship with God. And then, since we are one-track-minded beings most of the time, other things in my life tend to decrease in significance.

Many times, as I go about my day, there are certain things I want to do or choose, but it takes intentionality to choose what I know would be the way of following Christ. But the more I do make these decisions, the more second-nature it becomes for me.

Being like Christ means putting others first, which is totally counter-culture. Our world is all about “do what’s best for you,” but when we choose to inconvenience ourselves to do what’s best for someone else, people will take notice. The more we do these things, even if that means just staying late after practice to pick up equipment, the more people will see glimpses of Jesus’ character. Christ will be displayed in our lives. In John 13:34-35, Jesus says, “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”

Distractions come from all angles and all different sources. Something that’s been weighing heavily on my mind since the new year is how much time I spend on meaningless things such as my phone screen or social media. I want to be a proper dwelling place for the Holy Spirit, not out of obligation or the chance to earn something, but out of adoration for who God is and how holy He is.

When I think about my heart, mind and body being a temple, not in a self-serving way but in a humble way of service, I get a reality check. We need to discipline ourselves in order for the Spirit to reveal the ways in which we need to grow more like Him. What do I want playing over and over in my mind, that post on Instagram or the Word of God?

The last thing I want to do is allow myself to be distracted from what God wants to reveal in me. The thought of missing out on His voice in my life saddens me. But in order for the voice of God to increase in my life, I need to decrease the wants and distractions I’ve allowed to creep in. I’m nowhere near where I want to be, but I continue to press closer to God so that I may decrease, and He may increase.

— Janie Reed, USA Softball player

Janie Reed is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Janie’s Increase profile here.

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