I’ve watched people receive different awards, as have you… There’s the guy that acts like “Well, it’s about time! I’ve excelled, done stellar work, helped the organization get its name noticed, and I really should have been honored for what I’ve done a long time ago!” Then there is the person who with authentic humility receives an honor, actually blushes at the high praise that is heaped upon him, and stumbles a bit saying “I only did what was expected of me to the best of my ability… Frankly, it was an honor to serve and work with the wonderful colleagues I had the privilege of serving with!”
Hey, I can tell you which of the two leaves those who attend the awards ceremony feeling like the individual “deserved” a high honor!
Listen, something is terribly wrong if a person in the Lord’s work feels like they’re “worthy” of anything! … I can tell you what we’re all “worthy” of, and it’s scary! We’re worthy of God’s judgement – NOT His mercy and grace.
I read a passage this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” that helped me keep the right perspective… A passage written by Apostle Paul to young Timothy, his spiritual protégé…
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to His service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent! But I received mercy… and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus! The saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance, that ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,’ of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost< Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life! [And then I can see the great apostle pause for a moment – choke up with emotion – raise his arm and finger toward the heavens, and proclaim…] To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen!” (From 1 Timothy 1:12-17)
Yes, I want Apostle Paul to be my example! If there is anything worthy of honor – anything worthy of praise – in anything I do for the Lord… It’s certainly not because I am worthy (I can tell you what I’m worthy of!). It’s because He is worthy! It’s because of His grace! Hear me… “To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be ALL the honor and glory forever and ever! AMEN!!!