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That's Not Me!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson


Pastor
Cecil Thompson

2 Corinthians 4:5-6

"For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."

Saturday afternoon I stood at the graveside of a 61 year-old man. We had just come from the funeral service and this was the committal service. I had just read a passage of Scripture when I heard an intake of breath and several hushed comments.

Briefly I wondered what I had said that had made such an impact. It was evident that something was taking place behind me that was capturing the attention of the few family and friends who gathered there.

After I had concluded with a prayer I turned to see what others had been seeing. There, not over 50 yards distance, were two lovely deer. They were peacefully munching away on floral arrangements people had placed over the headstones of their loved ones.

This beautiful incident has reminded me that I am never responsible for the reactions of people around me. The people at this service were far more impressed by what they were seeing than what I was saying.

God wants to be in absolute and complete control of the affairs of His people. We are not the ones to receive the glory---He is the One! Anytime we try to bring glory to ourselves we are entering the “minefield” of pride.

So what is our responsibility as the Lord’s servants? Paul makes it quite clear in today’s Scripture; "For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.” He also advised Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:15; “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of truth.”

What are you doing with your life? Are you presenting yourself to Him in order that He can use you for His service, or are you working in order to be seen by others? I pray it is the former!

"For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake."

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today. Trust Him completely and become a real blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil

 

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