Monday, July 02, 2007

Do not take God’s credit

Scripture: Acts 12:21-23
"On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, "This is the voice of a god, not of a man." Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. But the word of God continued to increase and spread."

Insight:
When God blesses us and uses us, it can often be viewed as though we have done something great. We can even get to the point where we think it is all about us and all because of us.

This passage is a clear warning that we had better never allow ourselves or others to ever consider us a god or for us to be lifted up in the place of God. We had better never allow ourselves or others to think too highly of us. We cannot take credit for the things that God has done. Paul and Barnabas showed us how to handle this situation while they ministered in Lystra. They were proclaimed to be gods after they participated in a miracle. Their response to this was to immediately tear their clothing in sorrow, deny the accusation, and give God the glory. I have a related post from March 2007 called “Don't be like the woodpecker”. This post goes into more detail about how we often take credit for what God has accomplished.

We must never boast in ourselves. Rather, we must boast in the Lord. We are to be humble and God is to be lifted up. We can either humble ourselves or God will do it for us. As we witnessed in this example of King Herod, God can do a very thorough job of humbling us.

These passages also remind us that the power of this world is fleeting. The powerful, mighty and wealthy of this world will always pass away. But, the Word of God and his church will not perish.

Related Post: Don't be like the woodpecker

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