Acts 12:21-23 “And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.”
In the life of many a child of God, we can all look back on the changes that took place once we trusted Christ as Savior. There is a definitive change in every child of God when the Holy Spirit moves in.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
As we grow and serve, God reveals the gifts and talents He has given and guides us to to the area we can utilize them. God chose our place of service long before we were born. It is not up to us to decide, only obey.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
As we begin to live, work, and grow in our ministry, people may start to see and be blessed by God working in and through us. At that time, we DO have a choice to accept the credit or give God the Glory.
I have learned early on to give thanks for any good things done in and through me.
In Romans chapter 7, Paul relates this struggle between what we do in the flesh versus what God does in and through us. He acknowledges his part is not to be trusted.
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.”
Taking that thought further, any good that I may find done by my hands should be credited to my Heavenly Father.
Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Those things we do in the service of our King must be what God leads us to do. That way, we can be assured that His work is through us and not us working for Him. In that way, we God can get full credit for the fruit of what is done.
Personally, I was never a good speaker, teacher, or leader. In these past 30 years since trusting Christ, God has used me in each of those capacities to help countless others. I remind myself when someone thanks me, to give God the glory for how He could use me in their life.
What happened to Herod in today’s passage may not happen to us, but the lesson should not be lost on us. If I know that my heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, I cannot trust what goes on within the confines of my mind unless it lines up with the Word of God.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
It may seem simple to say it, but all things are done by us that are good should cause us to praise, thank, and give the glory to God.