Here I am in my appointed place. I am a lamp that shines forth the love of Christ to everyone who comes near to my glow. I hold up this shade of protection so that I will not blind anyone with my message of truth. I am so proud of what I have been able to achieve. It seems I get better at proclaiming truth all the time. Look at all the people I have helped. I love how public I have become.
Oh! Here comes Jesus. I know he will be so pleased with what I have done. I just know He will bless me real good.
Oh! He is looking my way and pointing His finger at me. Here comes my reward. Yessssss!
What! My light just exploded. That is not the blessing of was expecting.
“Pride in your own self-sufficiency comes before the fall,” Jesus said as He came to stand before me. “Humble yourself before me and I will show you how to begin again.”
OH NO! My thinking is heading me in the wrong direction. Shining for Him is not about what I can do, but what He is doing through me. I have been taking credit for the light He has so carefully developed within me. Oh Jesus! Please forgive me! Allow me to humble myself before you.
Jesus gently unscrewed the broken bulb and replaced it with a brand new beginning.
“Now you are ready to shine again,” He said.
Here I am in my Christ-appointed place. I am a lamp that shines forth the love of Christ to everyone who comes near to His Glory. I hold up this shade of protection so that His Glory will not blind anyone from His message of Truth. I am so humbled by what He has been able to achieve through our partnership. It seems we are getting better at proclaiming His truth all the time. Look at all the people He has touched. I love being His humbled mouthpiece of love.
Ahaaaaaaaa….I feel much brighter now.
Sometimes in all our busy-ness to get things done for Christ, we slide our names in first underneath the credits. Often times, it was not our intention to steal the glory from God. Pride can come in so gently that we do not detect its presences until attitudes have gotten lopsided.
Have you crossed the line into God’s territory? Take this time this week to reflect and evaluate your pride level. Thank God for what He is doing in your life. Humble yourself before God in the unbalanced areas. Afterwards, I am sure your will begin to feel lighter and brighter too.