Sunday, March 15, 2009

Glory in Men

21Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
22Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
23And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.

1 Corinthians 3:21-23, KJV

Notice the beginning of today's Bible benediction. Let no man glory in men. This was originally written almost 2000 years ago, and yet it directly applies to our culture today, does it not? We spend millions of dollars just for the purpose of glorying in men! Who are considered to be the most wise or sought after in our culture? Well, they most certainly must have a college degree, and it does not hurt if they are rich, and it is a real plus if they are also good looking; they also earn extra points for being a successful actor or a professional athlete.

But wait a minute! How does this benediction end? Let no man glory in men, for all things are yours . . . and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's. That certainly changes things. How can we glory in ourselves or other men or women when none of us truly own anything. Everything we have, even our education, riches, good looks, and athletic abilities, do not belong to us or come from us. Everything we have belongs to Christ; and everything Christ has belongs to God.

To quote a famous book title, How Then Shall We Live? If we have nothing, because everything we have belongs to God, are we being good stewards of everything God has given to us? How should we view our duties of this day?

This reminds me of a Bible verse I memorized as a child from Colossians 3:17.

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

God Bless You,

All Scriptures are from the King James Version of the Bible.

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