Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
May 12 Scripture Selection: II Chronicles 26-28
Food for Thought: II Chron. 26:15, 16
It is natural for people who live by faith to prosper, to expand their realm of influence, and to have success. After all, that was His plan from the very being in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 1:28), and it is the Lord’s pleasure to see His children doing so well (Ps. 35:27; Ps. 8:6; Deut. 29:9). However, the big mistake one potentially can make when things go well is to believe that any success gained was because of one’s own greatness, abilities, or intellect, and that one has no need for anyone else. This was King Uzziah’s downfall.
Any success that we ever achieve, though for certain has much to do with our efforts, cannot be attributed entirely to ourselves. Like King Uzziah, who “was marvelously helped till he became strong (vs. 15f),” we most definitely did not do it on our own. If not for the Lord and the gifts He placed in us, we would be nothing. We would have nothing. We must also acknowledge all the people that the Lord has placed in our lives who have taught us, assisted us, and supported us in our endeavors. Their gifts are what compliments ours. We need them.
This concept is important in every area of our lives, including our occupations and our families, but most of all, in the Church. In discussing the value of the members of the Body of Christ, the apostle Paul writes in Romans 12:3-8, “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” He adds in verse sixteen, “Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”
We can avoid the consequences that King Uzziah faced by realizing our position in the Church and our dependence on the callings of others for our benefit, and not trying to be self-sufficient. There are many who have much to contribute to us if we would acknowledge them and their positions. That keeps us humble as the Lord blesses the work of our hands and continues to prosper us in all our ways (Deut. 24:19).
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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