New Journey Fellowship
|Posted on June 12, 2016 at 9:10 AM|
Today, we are blessed to once again have our dear brother Keith Patman with us in the morning service. Keith has been a long time friend of this ministry and we are truly blessed to have him with us this today and to have the opportunity to play a small part in partnering with him in the ministry that God has called him too. Keith has served with Wycliffe and others who seek to make the Word of God available in every language in the world. After the service this morning we will being having a covered dish luncheon in the fellowship hall. Please make every effort to stay for this time of food and fellowship. It will also be a perfect opportunity to get to know Keith just a little bit better.
The Danger of Pride (Part 4)
Do you remember the old country song that went “Lord it's hard to be humble when your perfect in every way...” Now I realize that is just a silly song, but, what if you really are the best, the brightest the smartest, the wisest? Now I realize that most of us are far too “Humble” to ever admit to believing such a thing about ourselves, after all that would appear to most people to be snobbish, and we definitely wouldn't want that. OK, well let’s try it this way, even if you are not the absolutely smartest person, I am still sure that if you were pushed, you would have to admit that you believe that you are smarter or better than some people.
The truth is, the old country song does make a pretty good point. There are times when we all pretty much look at ourselves that same way, especially when we compare ourselves to “certain” people. Oddly enough, the Bible tells us “...not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:” (1 Corinthians 1:26) Now first of all, please note that it doesn't say “Not any”. No, it simply says ‘not many’. The reason is simple: when God does something with a “nothing” and a “nobody” then the only one who gets any glory is God. As you have heard it said, when you see a turtle on top of a fence post then you know that he didn't get there by himself.
Well, the normal situation is, God chooses to do great things with insignificant people, but on occasions God does use highly gifted people. Consider the apostle Paul: He was, without a doubt, one of the most highly trained Jews of his day. He had studied under the greatest Jewish minds; He was knowledgeable in all aspects of the law, in fact, by his own testimony he was a Pharisee of the Pharisees. Yet God chose him to be the Apostle to the Gentiles. You see, the scriptures tell us that God gives spiritual gifts to the saints for them to use to bless and minister to the church.
In the same way, I believe that God gives us talents and abilities that we may use them as He sees fit. After all, the scriptures tell us that we are not our own, for we are bought with a price. If we belong to God and all our gifts and abilities were given to us by Him, then we surely must not allow them to make us proud. He can take them away at any moment, for they truly don't belong to us. Now think about that and we will talk about this more next time.
- Pastor Tim