From the 40 Days of Daily Bread Series.
Can you imagine this:
Jesus spoke to the multitudes, “I heard about a man that was sharing my sermons and King Herod has even heard of me! Have you all seen what I have done? So many miracles and people healed!”
That sounds so ridiculously out of place for Jesus. In actuality, Jesus’ pride never existed. He has not one ounce of pride in Him, but He is meek and lowly in heart (Matthew 11:29). We see his example of humility in action when Jesus healed a deaf mute. Jesus commanded those who witnessed this miracle not to tell anyone, but the more He charged them, the more they published what Jesus did (Mark 7:32-36). Jesus cleansed a leper and also told him not to tell anyone, but His miracle-working power spread like wild fire, as well as His fame (Luke 5:13-15).
Can we learn from Jesus’ example? Why do we publish through the cyber-sphere when someone compliments us or thinks we’re awesome? Why do we, as Christians, care to share with everyone else if someone boasts of our accomplishments? If we truly examine our motives would we find humbleness there? God does not want us to share His glory. Doing so cheapens our impact for Him.
Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips. Proverbs 27:2 NKJV
Apply the Word
This section is to help us respond to His promptings. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22
- Ask God to show you any motives driven by a hunger for recognition. Write what He shows you in your journal. Meditate on the bolded phrases below.
Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name. Philippians 2:1-9 NKJV
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