Wednesday, March 21, 2007

2 Corinthians 10:17-18 --- Don't be like the woodpecker

17But, "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." 18For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

What a wonderful reminder that we must remain humble at all times. It just doesn’t matter what we think of ourselves or even what others think of us. In the end it is only what God thinks of us that matters. He is the one for whom we should be living our lives. We must be careful not to think that we are the reason God is moving. He is moving and things are happening because he is moving. We should not seek the glory. We should always be quick to give God the glory. Yes, God uses us to help do his work. What an awesome privilege to be used by him. But, let’s never forget that it is God who does the heavy lifting and transforms.

I liked the following depiction found in the commentary about how we can sometimes think we are “making it all happen” and then ignorantly (or worse with pride) take the credit. “Some Christian workers are like the woodpecker who was pecking on the trunk of a dead tree one day when lightning struck the tree and splintered it. Not realizing what had happened, the proud bird exclaimed, ‘Look what I did!’” Let’s not be like that woodpecker. Instead, let’s give God all the glory.

Lord, may I always boast in you. I want to stay out of the way. I do not want my pride to mess things up. I want to decrease and see your name increase in all things. May I not seek the approval or applause of man. What foolish desires and motives. What temporal satisfaction. Lord, I want to please you, serve you, and give you the glory. Thank you for allowing me to be used by you.

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