Sometimes we get the big head. We start believing our own press and our own hype. We’ve allowed the enemy to creep in with pride. For whatever reason we begin to believe we have achieved a measure of success on our own. Yes, you may have written the book, but the words were not your alone. Yes, you solved a difficult problem at work, but the revelation came from God. Yes, you helped save someone from death or destruction, but it is God who truly saves. Every single thing we do must point back to Him.
At times we forget, God uses us to reach His people.
It is not us.
In fact, if we be in Christ, then we are NOT our own, we too have been bought with a price. We’ve made an exchange. It is in Christ we live, move and have our being.
Am I telling you to stop being great. No way. In all of your greatness don’t forget WHO gave the ability for it to be. Consider for a moment the Bible tells us in Isaiah 64:6 and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. Yep, our works and all of our doing is described as filthy rags. A filthy rag, something used to clean something else. Wow, that puts it in perspective. After we’ve been used to preach a mighty Word, to witness to a thousand, to lift up hundreds, to speak an encouraging Word to a coworker (cleaning them off, helping them become fit for the Master’s use… we become a filthy rag He used.
We cannot allow “our doing,” and our “filthy rags,” to lift us up in spiritual pride.
To help us to keep it in perspective the Apostle Paul tell us in 2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
The way to avoid getting the big head and becoming a filthy rag is to remember Who gave you the gift and allowed you to do the work. It’s God. It has always been Him. It will always be him.
Copyright © 2016 Cassandra Baker Durham