Monday, December 31st, 2012
How To Handle A Compliment (Part 5)
I can of Myself do nothing.
John 5:30 (NKJV)
Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.
Matthew 19:17 (NKJV)
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.
1 Corinthians 3:6 (NKJV)
Let it be to me according to your Word.
Luke 1:38 (NKJV)
When King Nebuchadnezzar asked Daniel to interpret his dream, Daniel redirected the king's attention: 'There is a God in Heaven who reveals secrets' (Daniel 2:28).
When King Belshazzar offered Daniel wealth and honor, Daniel declined them both: 'Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another' (Daniel 5:17).
When the Lycaonians saw a cripple healed, they called Paul and Barnabas gods. Paul's response? 'We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, Who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them' (Acts 14:15).
When a Nazi prison camp survivor became a witness for God, she received worldwide praise: 'When people come up and give me a compliment... I take each remark as if it were a flower. At the end of the day I lift up the bouquet of flowers I have gathered throughout the day and say, 'Here you are, Lord, it is all Yours' ' (Corrie Ten Boom).
Learn from God's heroes: They referred, deferred, or denied the compliments of man. For fans who were willing to listen (a.k.a. lost sheep and prodigals), a door of revelation opened.
But receive the compliments of God with thanks and humility, like the Virgin Mary or Corrie Ten Boom. They give you strength.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the How To Handle A Compliment series.