We naturally want to draw attention to ourselves, to show off our accomplishments and abilities. Sometimes we think that life is all about us. But living like that is self-delusion at its worst. In reality, our sinfulness has put us “in the corner,” from God’s point of view. Thankfully, Paul’s testimony gives us the right perspective. Inspite of his impressive credentials, he gladly surrendered to the supremacy of Jesus: “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ” (Philippians 3:7). Paul admitted that in order to “gain Christ” (v. 8), he had to lay all of his trophies down.
So, give Jesus Christ the braggin’ rights of your life. Or, as Paul put it, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:31) – not in yourself! – Joe Stowell
Lord, You are the One who is high and lofty,
I give myself today to the purpose of pointing others to You,
For who You are and what You do,
You deserve all praise.
We are nothing without Jesus, so give Him the credit.
April 5, Vol. 20, Our Daily Bread