I was reading an article by John Bloom on Desiring God. “He stated in this article that we must remember that our role is not our reward. Jesus is our reward. Roles will begin and they will end. And the only way for us to end well is if in our heart Jesus has increased and we have decreased.” Can you imagine this, being named the President of a multi-million dollar company or you are called to lead a nation, would you be able to trust God and give him his rightful place, to decrease you and increase him? To know that despite holding this powerful position, there is no reward in the role, the reward is in Jesus.
I believe when we truly adopt an attitude of humility and servitude, we learn to completely rely on God and know that we are his humble servants. No matter our title, position, or role, we understand we are here to serve God and his kingdom. Once we understand this, it may be easier to accept that God must become greater and we must become less. Nothing is about us, it is all about him. The struggle to remove self is real. I encourage you to read John 3:25–36.