Needed: A rooftop lesson
Needed: A rooftop lesson
Can a person be proud that God is using them in His work? Thankful, maybe ... but in humility, giving God the glory. Otherwise, it’s snobbery. Is one person closer to God or a better person because God is working through him? Does one’s ability put a person on a higher plane to enjoy personal satisfaction in serving God? Whatever ability you may have is given by God, so to take credit for oneself is to deny the love of Christ – in fact, His love can’t dwell in us. And if His love doesn’t dwell in us, there is no sense of humility.
Paul’s posed questions in 1 Corinthians 4:7 (KJV), “For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?”
Once there was an organist called on to give a concert. He hired a young boy to pump the bellows so the organ would play. When he would get to the end of song, the audience burst into applause. The organist would bow deeply and say, “I thank you.”
This went on for several numbers until one time he sat down to play and there was no music. “Pump that, lad,” he urged. “Give me some air.”
Still no music. “Why don’t you pump those bellows?” he asked.
The young boy stepped out from behind the organ and said, “Next time, say, ‘We thank you.’”
It’s snobbery to be a glory-grabber. Pride is not the hallmark of a child of God.
But I’m not a snob, you say. Do you find yourself in a little circle in the middle of enemy territory which is filled with people who didn’t go to the right school, that boring person, the blatant sinner, inferior intellectually, that other race or nationality? What about the know-it-all attitude, “If I don’t do it, it won’t be right.”
Jonah didn’t think he was a snob either, but even after he got out of the whale and preached to those “ignorant heathens’” in Nineveh and they repented, he pouted because God didn’t kill them off. That is walking over the judgment of God. Second-guessing God is snobbery, pure and simple.
And look at Peter. He didn’t think he was a snob, but God had to teach him a lesson on the rooftop. “But God ...” Peter tried put the Jewish law over God’s instructions – it’s a sad thing when a person contradicts God. But, thankfully, Peter came out of his little world and found a world of love.
There are many ways to be a snob, but only one way to be a Christian – have the love of God dwelling within our hearts.
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