Scripture Reading: Romans 15:14-21
“In Christ Jesus, then, I have rason to be proud of my work for God. For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience — by word and deed.” (Romans 15:17,18)
I find these words of Paul very interesting. Paul understood great humility. Gospel humility is not some forced, false humility. Paul said he had reason to be proud of his work for God. He was referring in particular to his ministry to the Gentiles. He had worked hard and even paid a huge price to minister in word and deed to the Gentiles. God used him mightily.
But Paul goes on to say, ‘For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me.” Do you see what he is saying? He is proud of the work he had done, but he gave all the credit for it to God. He knew that God had given him the gifts, abilities and opportunities to do a good job in his ministry. He gave credit to Christ — to “what Christ has accomplished through me.”
The truth is that God uses people like us to accomplish His purposes. We should be proud when we have worked hard to serve Him well. But we must quickly give credit to whom credit is due — Christ is the One who accomplishes things through us for we are only instruments of His grace. This is true gospel balance — to be proud of what Christ has accomplished through us.
Lord Jesus, as I look back over the years, I see Your hand at work in my life. You have given me gifts, abilities, and opportunities for ministry. I have worked hard to bring glory to You. I know that whatever I have accomplished, I did so through Your power, presence and love.
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