By Dan Polecheck
To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. – 1 Timothy 1:17
I remember back, when I first started leading small groups at our church, wonderful things were happening. I even lead a group where seven different people accepted Christ into their lives. I would think, “Hey, look what I did!” I even had people at the church, people that I respected, tell me what a good job I was doing.
Then I had a very good friend tell me, “Do you really think that you are doing that by yourself? The only thing that you are doing is letting God work through you. You are but an instrument He uses to reach others.”
Okay, time for me to eat some humble pie.
What he said was so true, but my ego was feeding me. My ego was making me feel good about what I had accomplished.
This happened several years ago and I have really been working hard at this humbling thing. I even asked my Pastor. “How do you handle it when you receive accolades for a job well done?”
I was surprised to find out he also struggled with this. He then asked me, “You do know who is actually accomplishing these great things, don’t you?”
With my eyes looking at the ground, I answered, “Yes I do, it is God.”
“Good!” he said, “What I do is smile to the person giving me the compliment and say ‘Thank you’ and as soon as I can fall on my knees and thank God for using me as a tool.”
This seemed to make a lot of sense to me and have been doing this for several years. I now get a great feeling of happiness and fulfillment in realizing that God used me to show His greatness. What better gift could He give me?
Okay, I will admit to it. I still have an ego. I try not too. But I look back, in the evening, and review my day only to realize during some point in my day I stroked my ego.
I try to remember “to God go the glory”. Yet that ego always seems to get in the way. When i do some good or kind I get that feeling of accomplishment and I will think to myself, “Look what I did.” It may be very true. I may have accomplished something good or something great. Even though I am getting much better, I still struggle with this.
How about you? Do you always remember to give God the glory that He deserves?