"The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less” (JN 3:29-30)John 3 - part II (part I in Feb 13 Nicodemus post). In this passage, John the Baptist describes his service and position, relative to Christ, with a great analogy. In doing so, he provides us with a really awesome example that includes both a practical and spiritual application.
First, most of us would never think to upstage the groom on his wedding day. If we are chosen to act as the best man, or even as a groomsman, we look to do all that we can to make it a special day for our buddy. We are also likely to be just as excited and joyful as he is upon seeing the bride walk down the aisle, (well, maybe "almost" as excited). But what about our attitudes and actions to others aside from their wedding day. For me, I am hopeful that envy, pride, or arrogance, would not lead me to "one up" another or seek attention at the expense of others on their day, whatever that day might be. In fact, that day should be everyday.
Spiritually, the emphasis on acknowledging His greatness and our humility is clear. To be used for God's purpose, as John was, we must be prepared for a service founded on "becoming less." John would not give in to those that expected him to be envious of the attention that Christ had received. When we realize our weakness against His strength, we are blessed with an unimaginable joy and peace.
May we be better in our bridegroom roles for those around us and may we seek to make Him greater in our daily walk.