A visitor to a monastery asked the monk who greeted him the main ministry of his order.
Offering the visitor a gracious smile he said, “Well, when it comes to learning and teaching, we cannot compare to the Jesuits. When it comes to good works, we certainly cannot match the Franciscans. And when it comes to preaching we are far below the Dominicans. But when it comes to humility we are at the top of the list.”
The apostle Peter is well known for his boldness for his Lord. Yet he once wrote, “You young men…serve each other with humility, for God sets Himself against the proud, but He shows favor to the humble.”
We often think that position and status are the marks of greatness. It is normal to want recognition for the things that we do. But here Peter reminds us that in the final analysis, we must remember that God’s recognition and approval count more than all of the human praise we may ever get.
In His own time God will honor and bless us for what we do to honor and bless Him. It is not the things that we do to draw attention to ourselves that matter to God. It is what we do that draws attention to His love that reflects His goodness and grace, mercy and salvation. In the end, it’s all about Him!
Prayer: Lord, let us look for every opportunity to let others know that You are the “main attraction” in our lives. May what we do point others to Christ our Savior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.