The Baptist’s model, He must increase, I must decrease is not easy to follow. We all know
how much easier it is to make gods, as it were, of our ideas, our needs, our reputation, our
comfort. Yet we all know the emptiness in this kind of living. The decrease of self-concern, the
emptying of self-centeredness, and the increase of Christ as the center of one’s life is the
secret of a exemplary Christian life.