So Z Dilly and I were playing a little bit of baseball this morning.
After hitting it twice in a row he said “I’m a good baseball player.”
Immediately scripture came to my mind “let a stranger praise thee”.
I thought ‘oh no. He’s having so much fun. And I have been saying it…maybe he’s just repeating me. He’s too young for this lesson right now.’
Immediately I felt loving conviction: is anyone too young to be taught my ways?
Answer: No. The Word can be hidden in even a toddler’s heart. The Word only helps to grow a person to be more Christlike. It never harms them.
“I’m a good baseball player mom!” He said it again.
“Buddy, instead of saying ‘I’m so good!’ how about ‘look how Jesus helps me!'” I said.
“Jesus helps me!” he said with a smile on his face. He wasn’t upset at all.
Now that the moment has passed I look back and am so grateful for the conviction of the Spirit. For that verse in Proverbs.
Because at age 3 my little guy is learning that all good gifts come from Jesus and that He is the one that deserves praise.
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John’s followers began questioning him. Jesus’ disciples were baptizing multitudes of men. John was losing disciples to Jesus. Why wasn’t John upset? How could it be that he was actually rejoicing in this?
John reassured those that were questioning: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
John knew all along and never lost sight of who he was living to glorify: Jesus.
You’ve been given a great platform to spread the gospel. Go about it as John did.
Humbly dedicate your life to seeing Christ lifted up.
So often being submissive or obedient to another person is viewed as a weakness.
People that live this type of lifestyle are often perceived as spineless.
But within the most valuable relationships there is a person that must commit to following another’s lead.
“Children obey your parents…”
“Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands…”
The “submissiveness=spineless” theory is disturbing because it is contradictory to the Word.
When a person buys into that lie God’s design isn’t followed and relationships are destroyed.
When you came to Christ you had to humble yourself. God doesn’t ask us to humbly come to him so that he can make us a proud people. He asks us to come to him and then grows us in our humility, which will positively affect our relationships on earth.
This is a stark contrast to the belief system of the world.
But God’s Word is just, true and always good. It was given to us for our benefit. I pray that you live a life that follows after it. Even when it goes against what is socially accepted.
“There is not a man upon the earth that can tell you what that dream means,” said the Chaldeans.
Then in strolled Daniel with the interpretation.
Can you imagine the pride that would have tried to rule in his heart? He was the only man in the entire kingdom that could interpret the king’s dream. The only one.
But instead of glorying in himself he exalted God. He thanked God for imparting wisdom and might upon him. He blessed him. Praised him. Worshipped him.
In complete humbleness.
Daniel realized that even though he would receive glory on earth that his God in heaven was the author of this success.
Every good and perfect gift comes from God alone.
Remind yourself of that when you start getting too big for your britches.