Becoming Less

“He must become greater; I must become less.” – John the Baptist

becoming less

It’s true. He must become greater and I must become less. But I think sometimes if I am honest, though my spirit understands, my soul and my flesh lag behind. And the way that happens, isn’t always so obvious to me. Let me explain.

I really get Martha, in the Bible, when she was frustrated because Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus. Here she was trying to make a presentable environment; cleaning, preparing food, etc. and her counterpart is just sitting, watching Jesus talk. I mean, seriously, the productive mentality in me just goes nuts! I don’t want people coming over to my house when it’s a mess! And I certainly want to have something to offer them besides toys all over the floor, clean laundry piled up on the kitchen counter, and left overs of P.B. & J’s scattered across my kitchen! Yeah, I would be with her on the whole clean up committee thing, but we know the story: Jesus tells Martha that Mary (the one who was sitting on the job) had chosen the better thing.

There’s something for us to learn here ladies. I’m not just talking about a messy house, because honestly, even when I don’t have people over at my house, I don’t enjoy a messy house. I feel a lot better when I can smell the newly mopped floor and the clean laundry that I know is folded and ready to be put away. But it can even sneak into our ministry mentality. We get so busy “doing” ministry, for the Lord mind you, but somehow it becomes more about what we are “doing” than what He wants for us to be doing. Martha wanted to clean, but Jesus wanted her to just receive from Him.

I think in my life so many times, in ministry, in family life, and in my personal life, I get so focused on what I am “doing,” what I am “producing,” that I don’t really rest in him. Then it just builds upon itself. It becomes more and more about the results that I can produce than the life and the rest that I find in Him. I don’t want to base my self-worth off of my results, but rather find my peace in living, finding true rest at the feet of Jesus.

God, thank you, that you are constantly reaching out to show me that you desire relationship with me. That it’s not what I can produce, but rather the more I rest in you, the more truly effective I become. Show me how to trust you. That you work out all things together for my good, and sometimes the better way is just simply resting at your feet. Thank you, I love you. Amen.

Karissa Nelson

Karissa has one of the most beautiful voices you will ever hear, but on top of that talent and gift God has given her, she is a mother to three beautiful children and a helpmate to her husband, Shane. Together they raise their family and minister in Milton-Freewater, Oregon where Karissa grew up. Her passion for worship and family surround her daily. Isaiah 30:15, "This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: 'Is repentance and rest in your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength'" (NIV).
Karissa has one of the most beautiful voices you will ever hear, but on top of that talent and gift God has given her, she is a mother to three beautiful children and a helpmate to her husband, Shane. Together they raise their family and minister in Milton-Freewater, Oregon where Karissa grew up. Her passion for worship and family surround her daily. Isaiah 30:15, “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘Is repentance and rest in your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength'” (NIV).

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