TUESDAY November 7, 2017
Learn Not to Be Puffed Up
Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other. - 1 Corinthians 4:6
It seems that in the ministry, and in other different work places, people want to climb the ladder of success. Yet, God created and knew each one of us before we came out of our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-16). The Lord was watching over you and already knew who you were going to become. He is God. Those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior have been given gifts and talents; God has a work for them to do.
Paul was chosen to become an apostle, one born out of due season, so there would be a balance in the apostleship (I Corinthians 15:8). He gave us balance in doctrine––fourteen letters to teach and disciple us. God prepared Paul. God told Ananias that He had a purpose for Paul’s life. He became obedient to the call of God and entered into the ministry.
When you realize that we are nothing, and it is God who has done the work, there is no reason to get puffed up. We should not think we are better than another person. We always need to be attached to the Lord, not man. We do our best and let God do the rest. Then God brings us peace of mind. We are at peace with ourselves and with everybody else.
We need to have an attitude of humility and not be puffed up with pride.
Pride can be so subtle. If you have stopped receiving from other people, and you are no longer teachable, then you have a problem with pride. We should never demean others. We need to be content and not be in competition with others.
Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: thepleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.
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