Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | May 3, 2017

For His Glory

I (Jesus) do not accept glory from human beings.”  John 5:41 (NIV)

Crowds cheered.  Winners were announced.  Trophies were handed out.  CD’s topped the charts.  Fans applauded.  Who wouldn’t want to be in the spotlight?  Celebrities, athletes, politicians, evangelists, speakers, etc., taste the praise of adoring fans, constituents and followers.  And unfortunately many fall prey to the accolades of the voices singing their greatness.

Feasting on words like “you’re great” or “no one can do it like you,” leaves one hungry for more.  It’s a tantalizing temptation to bask in the limelight allowing our hearts to believe we are “great.”  Pride slips in like a tiny splinter in the top of our finger, and the longer it stays there the more infected our souls become.

So how do we graciously accept a compliment without allowing it to creep in and color our perception of who we are?  How do we keep our focus healthy and balanced – three simple words:  “For His Glory.”  When we chisel those words on our hearts, they serve to remind us that all we have and all we achieve is For His Glory.  Everything we accomplish, the gifts He entrusts to us and the successes we enjoy all come from God.  Apart from Him, we can do nothing and if we entertain the thought that “we can do it all” then pride has slipped in.  So the next time a compliment or praise comes our way let’s choose to ponder the thought, accept it with grace and give God the glory!

“Father, when the sweet sound of praise echoes in our ears remind us that You alone are worthy of our praise.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

 

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