Today’s Scripture — 11.10.2014
“Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” ~ 2 Corinthians 10:17-18
“It’s what God says about you that makes the difference.” ~ The Message paraphrase
A friend and I were talking on the phone the other day about the book she recently wrote. She was so excited about the message God had given her. But she dreaded the marketing and publicity. Sure, she wanted people to know about the book. But she didn’t want to have to tell anybody.
“It just feels … gross. I feel like I’m making it all about me,” she said. “When I mean for it to be all about God.”
I nodded my head. Because for most writers I know, the word “marketing” strikes panic in our hearts. It sends us running for the nearest corner, where we draw our knees to our chest, and rock back and forth for days, maniacally wide-eyed — preferably with a few boxes of Thin Mints within reach.
Not only do we dread marketing, but we get tongue-tied when someone thanks us.
You, too? Is it hard for you to know what to say when you’re complimented? Is it hard for you to share what God is doing in your life?
Some of us have got to thinking that it’s plain wrong to say “thank you” when someone tells us that we wrote a good book, made a perfect pie crust, smiled the sweetest smile, penned the loveliest little poem.
We get to worrying that we’re were stealing some of God’s praise. And we balk at sharing what God is doing through our lives, because we’re afraid we’re stealing God’s spotlight. We’re afraid we’re boasting.
But God never said you couldn’t boast. In fact, He wants to show you how.
“Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” ~ 2 Corinthians 10:17
God didn’t crack down on boasting. He is teaching us how to do it right — by boasting in the Lord. He’s saying to you: “I’m doing something remarkable in you and through you. And that’s worth telling.”
There are ways to accept praise, share achievements, and even “market” without offending God or mankind.
True humility doesn’t mean we wave off affirmation, or run for the corner with Girl Scout cookies clutched in our sweaty little fists. It doesn’t mean we apologize for who we are. Gospel humility doesn’t mean that we unleash a litany of our shortcomings in response to a praise. True humility is genuine “thanks,” delivered with grace.
We are free to shine for Jesus. Because of Jesus.
We can stop ducking from the kind words of people who see God’s work in us. We can stop minimizing our strengths with words like, “Oh, it was nothing.”
What God put inside your spirit isn’t “nothing.” It’s a special something, intended to change the world. It’s the life of God, in you. When we deflect kind words, we diminish the beauty set aflame by God in us.
Our lives exist inside Christ, and Christ exists inside us. What comes out in His name is a product of what He designed us to do. We will come more alive to our Creator and our callings when we recognize that we bring value to our world.
So go ahead, do as the Lord taught. Boast. But in Him alone.
(But could you still pass the Thin Mints? 🙂 )
This post is part of our month-long series, “A November to Remember: Seeing Yourself Through God’s Eyes.
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