Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. Paul in Gal. 1:10
Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself. It’s thinking of yourself less. Britton and Page in Wisdom Walks
By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. Jesus in John 5:30
Monday (the day I prepare for my Tuesday posts) was an interesting day with regard to my reading and devotions. Most of them seem to be driving the same point home. Not I, but God!
As I pondered the links between all these things, I wondered why God was driving this point? Have I been too prideful lately? Am I taking too much credit for things? The answer is, YES. There were times in the past when it is painfully obvious that I was being to prideful. It was something I struggled with for a very long time. And I feel like I have made great strides at overcoming the obvious prideful behavior. The trouble is, I think I’m missing the “minor” behavior. And I think that is why I’m seeing the connection today.
It’s easy for me to give God glory when someone compliments me on a job well done on Worship team – it’s easy to give God glory when I finish a race strong. Those events are so real I can’t help but “know” God carried me through them, and it’s natural to say Not I, but God. It’s the minor, routine, daily things that happen that I forget – Not I, but God. Even writing these words I’m struggling with whether I am writing to glorify God or impress the reader. I’m beginning to realize that it is in these minor, routine, daily things we hear his still small voice – if we choose to listen.
Father God, please forgive me for not choosing to listen for you in all things. For not giving you the Glory for all things. I am so very grateful that you know my heart – I love you God and I ask that you help me to see you work in all parts of my life and to give you the glory for all parts of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Jim – jmitch1