“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
These are the last words of John the Baptist recorded in the Gospel of John.
His God-given task was to prepare the way for the Lord. So when the Lord arrived, he faded into the background. Jealousy over fewer people in his group, and more following the actual Lord who had arrived was unthinkable.
Is it the same for us?
Religious institutions sometimes pursue financial interests or social agendas when all they are designed to do is facilitate our relationship with God and set us loose in the world to change it. ~Gary Burge