No Reason to Boast in Men

03. November 2008 1 Corinthians 0

Text: 1 Corinthians 4:6-7 Theme: Paul wanted us to understand why we shouldn’t boast in other people or in ourselves. Key verses: “I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, ‘Do not go beyond what is written.’ Then you will not take pride in one man over against another.” (v. 6) What God said to me: Dwayne, too many of my children take their eyes off of me, their true Source, and focus their attention and sense of belonging and pride in another person. While often their focus turns toward worldly personalities, like authors, movie stars and secular musicians, far too often my children place too much value on other believers. They tend to follow the teaching of one or two authors or preachers to the point of making their teachings infallible and without question. Be careful never to assume one or two people have it all figured out concerning my Kingdom and my Word. I give partial revelation to my servants, and they should be honored for their diligent study and faithful teaching. However, beware of rallying around men rather than looking to me for guidance and insight. Paul was wanting the Corinthians to understand this valuable principle — that no man deserves such a high level of credit and esteem. He didn’t make up the stuff he taught and wrote about. I gave it all to him. Likewise, others who read his writings should not think too highly of the writer but rather of the Author and Source of all wisdom and righteousness. What I said to God: Thank You, holy Father. You are my one and only true Source of help and peace and direction and instruction. Thank You for the many authors and preachers and mentors You have brought into my life over the years. But even with them, You were the One who led and taught me through their efforts and example. I pray that as You continue to exalt me and increase my platform and influence among your Body others will not look to me but look through me to You and You alone.