PRIDE OR HUMILITY
Last month I was videotaped at the LifeWay studios in Nashville. This will be part of the training curriculum for pastors being developed around my 10 books. It went well. It was actually enjoyable once the taping was complete and I could relax. All the special treatment was quite unexpected and almost uncomfortable. I prefer a low profile and blending in. Yet I think God used this LifeWay experience to teach me something.
If we desire to grow spiritually, life is a bit of a struggle. God allows situations in our lives to stretch and deepen our faith. They are opportunities to trust Him. I’ve enjoyed pastoring a small church and ministering behind the scenes. I like that role. The LifeWay experience challenged my comfort level and how I view my ministry.
Paul says in Philippians 4:11-13 he knows how to adjust to living with little or with much. While he’s talking about material needs, his words also apply here. I have learned to be content with being a small fish in a big pond. My day as a big fish in a big pond was quite unsettling. I appreciate and enjoy the privilege of being used by God in this way while still recognizing I am totally dependent on Him for all things. I want to graciously accept the kind recognition with the heightened awareness of the True Provider of it all. I am crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20) and no good thing dwells in me (Romans 7:18). I am nothing and He is everything (Psalm 16:2). I am a worm (Psalm 22:6), but also a dearly beloved child of the King of Kings (Galatians 3:26). I know He is rewarding and blessing me with this honor just because He loves me. The experience, wisdom and skill are an underserved infusion from Him because He delights to bless me.
I greatly appreciate what has been unexpectedly dumped in my lap. It is exciting and a privilege beyond anything I could have ever imagined.
Philippians 4:11-13 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
How do you handle success in life? Do you take it as something you deserve, or does it make you feel uncomfortable and unworthy? How do you stay focused on the Lord and not on yourself? Share your thoughts on how you keep the credit going to God and off yourself. I’d appreciate your input!