How about sharing the glory!
Does everything have to be about me?
Even Paul, who is often pegged as arrogant, gets his part, and God’s part, right in today’s verses.
God deserves ALL the glory.
How much am I giving Him?
Am I willing to minimize myself to a workable piece of clay in the Potter’s hands?
“You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s masterstroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did – Jesus crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2: 1-2 (The Message)
If something is presented in a complicated way, many of the listeners/readers will tune it out.
My sister & brother-in-law are weavers. And very good at it. Occasionally, they will give an explanation on Facebook of something specific they are doing in their weaving process. The words they use are English, but what they mean in the ways they use them, sail quickly past me.
There, however, may be weavers out there who would hang on their every word. I am just not one of them.
Paul super simplifies things for non-believers. He nutshells his message to them into two topics: Jesus Christ is God’s Son, and Jesus Christ died on a cross.
When those two topics are understood, he can then go into specifics.
Paul sees the simplistic approach as important. Why? Because God can work with it.
Paul notes several verses later that his downgraded style draws folks away from celebrating him and towards God instead: “But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.” Verses 4-5
I think that my task in doing these devotionals is, with God’s help, to make them as simple to understand as possible. If someone, after reading an entry, comes away with “me” instead of “God” then I have wasted my time.
To Him be all the glory!