Glory Stealers

2 Corinthians 10:17 “But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

The apostle Paul in his writings, expressed such an abhorrence of pride. It was his belief that God deserved the glory for all things good in his life. His view of himself is such that we could take example:

1 Timothy 1:15 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”

Paul knew firsthand where the glory was to be placed. He could boast above all others the trials he faced, the deliverance that God gave, the visitation in Heaven, visions, prophecies and much more. Yet, he took to humility in it all fearing that if he stepped in the limelight, the hand of God would be removed from his life.

2 Corinthians 11:30 “If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.”

Often, when our lives are transformed, the good that we do, far exceeds anything we have ever experienced before. We are unaccustomed to the praise of men when they are blessed by what we do or say. Our flesh desires acceptance, praise, and validation that we are something and somebody.

Our flesh begins to compare with others and we raise our level of self-worth based on the accomplishments of others instead of obedience to the one whom I serve. The chest-thumping that goes on in sports today is sickening. Why? Most do it when they have done that which they got hired to do. Make the tackle, sink the basket, catch the ball or get a hit. Beside all that – it’s just a game.

Though our lives do not all play out on quite the stage as professional sports, we do live our lives before those who are watching us. When we give God the glory at every opportunity, He becomes the central focal point in our conversation, in our interaction and is commonplace to all we say and do.

May we all adopt the statement that, “Whatsoever good you see in me; what words I say, what things I do, and the things you receive of my hand; glorify God who has used me to bless you.” Why?

Romans 7:18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”

Paul goes on to explain the trials and struggles he has had with his flesh. In the end he concludes:

Romans 7:24-25 “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”

I often have to do a checkup on myself about the heartfelt repentance needed over my sin. When was the last time my sin moved me to tears? When was the last time I truly reflected on just how much the price of redemption and salvation cost my Savior because of me and my sin?

Taking ownership and being accountable for the wrong I do is missing today. I do not even want to go beyond my own personal need for holiness or stealing the glory for any good that God has done in and through me.

When you take the time to reflect on this truth, you will find yourself returning to your salvation, just who we really were and are – even today. I thank my God for all He has allowed me to accomplish and for who I am today. I know I could never be here if were not for Him!

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