Saturday, Aug 8, 2020

All the Glory Belongs to God, Not Us

"For who makes you so superior? What do you have that you didn't receive? If, in fact, you did receive it, why do you boast as if you hadn't received it?" -1 Corinthians 4:7 HCSB

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A summa cum laude graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, Keiston France majored in Journalism & Mass Communication and served as the captain on the men's varsity tennis team. Keiston currently works for NASCAR as a developmental tire changer for Chip Ganassi Racing. His favorite Bible verse is 'Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen.' Hebrews 1:11

Everybody wants glory.

Why shouldn’t we? It feels good to have someone say we played a good game. We appreciate when someone compliments our athleticism or coaching skills. It feels good to hear our name over the loudspeaker of life after a good play.

The problem is, we didn’t do anything to deserve it.

Who Gets the Glory? You or God?

Paul told the church at Corinth that they didn’t have anything they didn’t receive. That means they didn’t have anything at all that God did not give to them. Most of our society today has forgotten this.

How many times does a football player score a touchdown and do a celebration that draws attention to himself? How often does a basketball player make a shot, then draw attention to him- or herself? How frequently does a baseball or softball player pause to watch his or her home run soar over the fence? All of this draws attention to people who don’t deserve the glory.

God provided everything we have. He gave us birth. He gave us gifts, talents, skills, and abilities. If He gave us the talent to score a touchdown, a three-point shot, or a home run, why do we not give Him the credit? Think about it.

So, What’s The Play Call?

Let all the glory, praise, and honor for a job well-done stay where it belongs – with God.

  1. Who received the glory the last time someone complimented you?
  2. Who gave you the talents you have?
  3. How many times do you give God the credit for blessing you with your gifts, skills, and/or talents?

Father, thank You for giving me life. Thank You for giving me the ability to glorify You in all things and for using me to build Your kingdom. I pray that my performance within my home, career, and relationships will glorify You alone. I don’t want to accept any of the credit for what You will do. Help me to continually point others to You. Amen.”

 

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