SATURDAY June 9, 2018
Give God the Glory
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
As Christians, we use our gifts in the body of Christ by the grace of God. Our gifts are to be used in humility as we learn to be servants to the Lord and the body of Christ. God is to be our main source––the One on the throne. It should never be you or me.
When a person is using the gift of teaching, there are actually three gifts that are being manifested: the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, and prophecy. God has given me the message to a variety of people. At times, after I have taught, a person will come up to me and ask, “Did my wife speak to you?” I let them know, “No! It was not me.” I do not know their names or their problems. It was the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, and prophecy spoken through the power of the Holy Spirit.
On one occasion, Chuck Smith was teaching at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, and he made up a story, as an example, about someone who was fleecing God’s people––taking their money. The next day a person called and said, “How come you were talking about me?” Chuck told him, “I do not even know you!” God used the message to expose that evangelist.
Understand, as God uses the gift of teaching to minister to people, some of them will try to exalt you. You have to give the glory to God. It is better to just change the subject. If you are looking for pats on the back, understand that God will never share his glory with anybody. Instead, make sure you have the love of Jesus Christ, and He will use you mightily when you open your mouth to give the message from Him.
I want to give God all the glory and all the praise for what has been accomplished in my life…
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