Friday, February 02, 2007

Promoting Christ or Self?

As I said in the last post, from the perspective of the Spirit, greatness is making much of the glory of God whatever the cost to self. But this calls for great wisdom because we are ever prone to live for and exalt our own glory rather than God’s. We are ever prone to live prideful lives, even if we carefully construct a veneer that looks like godliness. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:27).

Some years ago I read a book by A. W. Tozer called The Pursuit of God, and one of the thoughts that grabbed and kept my attention was this: many so-called ministers of the gospel promote themselves under the guise of promoting Christ. And while the lure of this heinous sin is heightened for vocational church leaders, it is not particular to them. Every Christian has the potential of using God to glorify self, rather than sacrificing self to glorify God.

Oh Beloved, to exalt self under the guise of promoting Christ is the highest treason and it deserves the highest punishment. May the Lord our God, who is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, deliver us from such as this and teach us how to live a life that glorifies him to the maximum degree. For when God is glorified in us, His joy is made perfect in us.

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