“I saw another great personal application in the Book of Acts this morning,” Stan began.
“What was that?” I responded.
“Paul and Barnabas were in Antioch working with the church. A lot of good things were happening.”
“Then,” Stan continued, “as is likely when you get people involved in anything, a dispute arose.”
“A dispute about what?” I asked.
“It seems that some of the Jewish believers wanted to require the Gentile believers to be circumcised according to the Law of Moses.”
“How in the world do you get a personal application for yourself out of that?” I asked.
“It had to do with how Paul and Barnabas dealt with the dispute,” Stan replied.
“What did they do?”
“They went to Jerusalem to talk with the elders and leaders about the question.”
Continuing, Stan said, “And what they did when they got to Jerusalem is the important part for me to apply to myself.”
“And they did what?” I asked.
“They reported on all the great things going on in the church in Antioch. And they pointed directly at what God was doing, not anything they were doing on their own.”
“Too often,” Stan continued, “my tendency is to take credit for what God is doing. I tend to think too highly of myself and what is happening, rather than acknowledging that I can do nothing on my own and I am to be a conduit for what God wants to do in and through me.”
“Paul and Barnabas gave God all the credit. They gave, not took, the credit and I am to do the same.”
And when they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them. Acts of the Apostles 15:4.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you want to do your will and work in and through me. You know my tendency to want to take credit for what you are doing. Please, Lord, forgive me for all of those times. And please help me in denying and setting aside my self-focus and desire to be recognized by others. Help me in giving you all of the credit and glory for what you are doing. All for you, none for me. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.