“He must become greater, I must become less.”
(John the Baptist)
Most of us will spend our entire lives fighting against our own ego. Because in our minds, we are the best at EVERYTHING we do. The way we see color is more true than others. The way we interpret the Bible is more accurate. The way we think is more proper. The work we do is simply better.
The worst part about it is that our ego can often block our impact for Christ. I’ve seen it happen before. I’ve seen too many people walk away from a place of effectiveness and blessing because of their ego. It causes pastors to attempt things they aren’t gifted or called to do.
It’s a classic case of pond jumping. Most people would rather be a big fish in a little pond than be a little fish in a big pond. In my experience, this is what has led to so many struggling and ineffective churches. Everyone needs to start something new. That might sound hypocritical seeing that I planted a new church. But that’s only because I couldn’t find any churches doing what God had put in my heart to do.
Too many people want to have the control or be the one in charge because of their ego rather than because of their calling. The title becomes more important than the impact.
The person that understood this more than anyone was John the Baptist. He was a big fish, until Jesus came along. Then he realized that he’d rather be a little fish in a much bigger pond than be a big fish in a little pond. (John 3:30)
Why not be a little fish but in a place where God is moving in a big way? So many people want to bash larger churches because they are growing. It could be that God is growing that pond. So why jump into a little pond so you can be bigger, when you could be part of a bigger movement of God…even if you take a less noticeable role?