ishot_55Today’s Scripture:Be he who glories, let him glory in the Lord”  (2 Corinthians 10:17)

I heard the story of a certain dog had always boasted of his ability as a fast runner.  Then one day, a rabbit that he was chasing got away.  This brought a lot of ridicule from the other dogs because of his previous boasting.  His explanation was, “You must remember, the rabbit was running for his life, while I was only running for my dinner.”

No one likes to be around an arrogant, proud, and boastful person.  Such pride is detrimental to one’s spiritual life and usefulness to the Lord.  In fact, Proverbs 6:17 says that a “proud look” is of the things that God detests most.  When you think about it, what do we really have or what have we really accomplished to be proud of?  All that we have and all that we are is a gift of God’s grace.  Therefore, the Bible says that the one who glories is to glory in the Lord.  That simply means that the Lord Jesus is to be the source of our praise.  He is to be the One we magnify and adore.  When I think of Paul’s life, there was much that he could have bragged about–the places he had been, the people he knew, the churches he had planted, and so much more.  Yet Paul acknowledged that he was weak and that there was nothing good within himself except Jesus.

Unfortunately, this is a principle that has largely been lost in the foray within much of the modern church.  We must remember that our level of usefulness to God is severely inhibited by our pride as a people.  If we are not careful, we can buy into the idea that says we have it all together, that we’re successful, and independent from one another.  This type of thinking actually cuts us off from the supply of God’s power.  As long as we’re powerful people, why then should God help us?  If that’s what we think, He won’t.  It is only as we come to a proper understanding of our limitations and handicaps that we become truly useful to Him.  One of my favorite hymns says it best:

Naught have I gotten but what I received;
Grace hath bestowed it and I have believed;
Boasting excluded, pride I abase;
I’m only a sinner saved by grace!

Only a sinner saved by grace!
Only a sinner saved by grace!
This is my story, to God be the glory,
I’m only a sinner saved by grace!

Once I was foolish, and sinned ruled my heart,
Causing my footsteps from God to depart;
Jesus hath found me, happy my case;
I now am a sinner saved by grace!

Tears unavailing, no merit had I;
Mercy had saved me, or else I must die;
Sin had alarmed me, fearing God’s face;
But now I’m a sinner saved by grace!

Suffer a sinner whose heart overflows,
Loving his Saviour to tell what he knows;
Once more to tell it would I embrace—
I now am a sinner saved by grace!


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