Thursday, March 24, 2022

Don’t Take God’s Glory

“God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:28-29 NLT).

A while back I spoke with someone who works in hospice care. She was talking with a patient who was close to entering into eternity and decided to begin reading my book Jesus Revolution to him. She said it impacted him to the point that he became a Christian.

What a wonderful thing. This woman is in a position to reach people for Jesus Christ whom I could never reach. You, too, are in a position to reach people that no one else can reach. God wants to use you. And when He does, make sure that you give Him the glory.

When the apostle Paul and Barnabas were preaching in Lystra, a man there who had been unable to walk from birth was listening to Paul preach. Paul could see that this man had the faith to be healed. So Paul said to him, “Stand up straight on your feet!” (Acts 14:10 NKJV).

And right there, this man who never had walked before jumped to his feet and began walking and leaping. This astonished the people who were watching, and they exclaimed, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” (verse 11 NKJV).

The Bible goes on to say they were planning to bring sacrifices to them. But Paul and Barnabas, tore their clothes and cried out, “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God” (verse 15 NKJV).

In other words, “Don’t give us the credit! Don’t give us the glory! We are here to tell you to turn away from putting your faith in people, idols, or anything else.”

Do you want to be used by God? If you will dare to pray this prayer, you’ll find that God will answer it. Simply say, “Lord, use me today.” He just may answer sooner than you expect.

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