Be Careful Who You Praise

“Jesus then said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.'” (John 6:32)

Note how Jesus was VERY particular here about who was getting credit for the work of God in the world: “It is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.” It wasn’t “MOSES” who accomplished all of that good for mankind; it was GOD. We need to preserve that same perspective.

Like the Jews here, who idolized Moses, we tend to try to make “superstars” out of the men whom God uses to accomplish His purposes: we make conference speakers out of them; ask them to share secrets of their “success”, and so on. But we need to be as careful as Jesus was, in asserting that it was GOD who is behind what has happened. It is GOD who gives every good and perfect gift. It is GOD who blesses and accomplishes what happens in our churches. Certainly He uses people who make themselves available, but it is indeed GOD who does it.

This is not to say that there is no place for appreciating those who minister, and who do make themselves available as instruments and conduits for God’s Spirit. But let us never forget where the real power and blessing come from. Just as Jesus was careful to point out to the Jews, let us remind ourselves and others: “It is not (insert name or position) but My Father.”

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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