Pride … is not in wanting to be noticed but in wanting to be the most noticed.

~ Billy Graham

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He no longer attracted the attention he once had, nor did he draw standing-room-only crowds. Most of his fans had sought out another who had eclipsed him.

  • Many thought of him as a washed-out has-been.

But that’s not how he started out. When he arrived on the entertainment scene, he skyrocketed to be #1. No other contemporary could match his tenacious energy, and none could move the audience like he did.

  • Charisma and moxie exuded from him.

He stepped on the establishment’s toes with a brash freshness – at a time when everything seemed so faded and stale. Perhaps, that’s why everyone loved him. He possessed what others dreamed of having, and he used his God-given abilities in ways none had seen among his contemporaries.

  • He even inspired his own clothing line.

Many imitated his attire. Not because they were sincere – people just wanted to be like him. A rebel. A free spirit. A new breed.

  • But that was before people treated him as a one-hit wonder.

Many who looked back on his career as a forerunner of what could be. But now, his protégé eclipsed him. The masses all but forgot him.

  • And he was okay with that – a rebel with a cause.

He had never pandered to the crowds. He never sought the popularity he had achieved. His desire had always been to do his best with what God had given to him.

  • And he did just what he set out to accomplish.

When his disciples approached John the Baptist about his former followers now trekking after Jesus, he made a simple but profound statement that was at the heart of his ministry:

 

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”

~ John 3:30, NKJV

  • It’s the same philosophy every Christian should live out daily.

Or, does our pride require life to be about us?

 

Are we willing to forego our interests to enable people to see Jesus?