1 Corinthians 1:26-31 – “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption — 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.” NKJV
I never cease to be amazed at people being driven to “toot their own horn” and proclaim their superiority or success. Every time I hear someone proclaim their own greatness, even when they may not have used those specific words I think of what the apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4:7, “…and what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” You and I have the abilities we have because God granted us the gift(s) or talent(s). Yes, we honed it and worked to develop it but we did not originate it, WE RECEIVED IT. Therefore, we should always remember from whence our ability came and give honor to whom honor is due.
I am a firm believer in the declaration of the apostle Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I believe the words of Jesus in Matthew 19:26, “…with God all things are possible.” I believe the report found in Romans 8:37, “…we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” I believe and proclaim the promise of our LORD from John 14:12, “…he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to My Father.” I stand firmly on the declaration of John in 1 John 4:17, “…as He is, so are we in this world.”
I hear let’s “Keep It Real” and sometimes that is an excuse to be crude, rude, vile corrupt, insulting, and excuse our humanity. That may be deemed “keeping it real” but if we truly want to KEEP IT REAL we will follow the prescription of Scripture and be who God declares us to be and always HONOR HIM realizing that nothing we have was not received. We should always keep in the forefront of our minds the reality that should God remove His fingers from the organ of life we would cease to exist. If God lifted His protection we would be crushed by the enemy of our souls. Should God’s countenance not smile on us we would find life unbearable. Yes, some are more talented in areas than others and excel in those talents. Some have gifts that enable them to advance in many areas of life to a degree others cannot achieve but NEVER should one allow deception to suggest that they achieved on their own and due to their own ability. That is arrogance and presumption to a level I cringe when I hear it. Please do not assume that I am saying you do not have to hone, develop and work on your gifts and talents. Of course, you do. If God gives you something and you squander it or fail to develop it you are a slothful servant and a good steward and that ability or talent will not propel you to the heights God intended and you desire.
May the Lord be with you as you go through this day honoring Him for His bountiful blessings.