an outsider, and not your own lips.
Have you been around believers who brag about how large their church is? How they have to schedule multiple services for everyone to worship? Or even some well-known members?
Have you heard believers who preen and pat themselves on the back for how well their business is doing, and the profits that are rolling in?
Have you listened to believers who are boasting about how they must have done a fantastic job of rearing their kids -- because look how great they are doing now, and they're even in the ministry?
I know we have said this before . . . but boasting is a no-no for those of us who want to have a life that is a witness to God's saving grace. Let's face the facts: we all know that it is because of His blessing and His grace that our church grows and expands, our business and profits increase, and our children behave themselves.
Where should all of the glory go?
He made us for a reason -- so that we might fellowship with Him, and He might have glory:
Isaiah 43:7 says:
everyone who is called by my name,After making us, He paid a very high price to redeem us - His Son:
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God . . . I Corinthians 6:20And then, He is with us each and every day, to help us:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13Is it any wonder that Paul said
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31To God be the glory!