It is so easy for me to take credit for my accomplishments. My accomplishments. Just saying those two simple words pains me a bit.
It is too often that we go through life taking credit saying this is what "I did", "Look at me", "all the things I've done."
We constantly forget that without God, nothing in our lives would be possible. Nothing at all. In our daily life, we forget that we are all broken and flawed. That being a believer, we were saved. Not by any means because we are good, but because Christ is good. We are not deserving to constantly receive God's all consuming love, mercy, and grace.
"On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Mark 2:17
Jesus wasn't thinking we were a "good catch", and wanted the privilege of having us in His kingdom. He didn't come to save the righteous. He was attracted to our brokenness and came to rescue us from it, to make us righteous.
Because we are flawed, we don't always keep the above in mind. While we love our pats on the back, we can forget to thank God for the work He is doing in us.
This is a fear of mine: I will walk through my daily life (school or wherever), and let's say... I'm exuding some crazy amount of joy. Someone sees this joy, and wants that too. They look to me to want my confidence, upright morals, good works, whatever it may be. The work done by Jesus in me doesn't even cross their mind. They look to me, and not to Jesus.
Now, glorifying myself is not something I'd say is a struggle of mine, but it happens more often than I want it to. Whether we glorify our self outwardly with our words and actions, or inwardly with our thoughts, it doesn't matter. We want even our thoughts to glorify and please Him.
And keep in mind that glorifying ourselves might not be something we are conscious of or aware that we are doing. That's why it is so important to stay in Him, and keep Him in the forefront of your mind.
"You could be the only Bible someone ever reads." Love this quote :) This week, I'll be praying for myself and all of my readers, that we can do a good job of this.