"He must become greater; I must become less . . " (John 3:30).
John may have not grasped the full meaning of Jesus, but sound was his comprehension of his own significance. He knew his life and work drew meaning from Jesus Christ, and not the other way about. Here is the true status and role of all believers and their institutions. They flourish as they diminish in favor of their Lord. They become more as they become less.