When we use the gifts and talents that God has provided us, there is a constant temptation to begin to believe we are something special. At some point, we begin to think that it is our talent and work that is making a difference in the world. The implications of that are sad. We lose the focus of why we are ministering and we lose the blessing of seeing God do great things. In addition, our ministry becomes a competition—some sort of way to curry favor with God.
The irony is, God could not love us any more than he already does. His love is complete and unconditional. When we begin to set him aside and minister in our own power, we are showing we do not trust him to love us as we are. If we are to be proud of our ministry, that pride should focus on how great he is and not on how great we are. To you be the glory, my Lord!
God Bless You
7 You are judging by appearances. If anyone is confident that they belong to Christ, they should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as they do. 8 So even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than tearing you down, I will not be ashamed of it. 9 I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters. 10 For some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing.” 11 Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present.
12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.