What Good is a Motto?

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30


A motto is only words.  The power of a motto is not the words themselves, but the meaning they convey and the attitude of every hearts response.  Santa Anna invaded Texas and claimed the territory of Mexico.  Men from all over Texas and other parts of the United States came to defend the people of Texas.  At the Alamo mission, they held off the army of Santa Anna to give Sam Houston and other Texans time to raise an army capable of defending Texas.  The motto, “Remember the Alamo,” so energized the people that the poorly trained and ill equipped army of Texas defeated Santa Anna.

In John 3:30 John the Baptist expressed such a motto that helped identify the purpose of his life in relation to the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  We are not called as Christians to advance our own agenda, but rather to advance the agenda of our King, Jesus Christ.   

The motto of our life ought to read, “He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease.”

Our military forces each have motto’s that describe priorities and character traits 
needed to be great soldiers.

Do you live by a motto of purpose that identifies your authority, purpose and character?