Can God have Faith in You?
Did you catch it? It was there within Elder Don’s message this past Sunday and it was penetrating… worthy of careful and personal attention. He asked, “Can God trust you not to steal His glory?”
This, you may recall, was Lucifer’s great sin. “I will be like the Most High.” (Isa. 14:14). It was his temptation to Eve in the garden, “…your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God” (Gen. 3:4). It was even embedded in his temptation of Christ: “…the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give you,’ he said…” Self glory… self power… power over___ (You fill in the blank.)
It has been said that power corrupts, and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. What power actually does is magnify. It is like a lever. Small movements at one end wield magnified effect at the other. It is like this with all things: the media (movies, TV, printed materials), the internet, technologies for good and technologies for evil.
Back to Elder Don’s question:
Suppose God were to do a great miracle through you… one that changed this world in a great and excellent way… and suppose no person gave you any credit for it. Would that matter to you?
King Solomon bemoaned such a man: “Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man.” (Eccl. 9:15). “Meaningless! Meaningless!” he cried. “Everything is meaningless!” (Eccl. 12:8). Would that be your conclusion?
I firmly believe that before God will do a great work in a person that person must be willing to be His vessel in anonymity. What must be the greatest desire in this person’s heart is that God alone receives all glory!
Though such a person will not know it, this is true humility. True humility looks to God. It experiences no desire to look in mirrors. God has faith in such a person. In such a person God can trust.
Can God have Faith in you?