Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Sunday, December 8, 2013

God's servants do not promote themselves

I read this at Grace Gems and thought how timely is this in our day! We have multitudes of men who continually promote their books, their conferences, their public appearances. Some constantly tweet, keek, youtube, and blog about their every move. It's all disguised as doing the work of Christ, and yet, it screams of fleshly efforts stemming from prideful men. 
These are timely words from Pastor Don Fortner...

God's servants do not promote themselves

(Don Fortner)

"For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake." 2 Corinthians 4:5
No work is so great, no labor is so noble, no burden is so heavy, no honor is so humbling — as preaching the gospel of the grace of God to eternity bound sinners!

Let every man called of God to preach the Gospel, disentangle himself from the affairs of this world with determined consecration to Christ and His Gospel and His Church, addicting himself to prayer, study and preaching.

God's servants do not promote themselves
, their ministry, or their church. They promote Christ, His Gospel, and His Kingdom. The man who promotes himself — serves no one but himself!


And this from J. C. Philpot is also exceptional...

Pride, self-conceit, and self-exaltation

(J. C. Philpot, "New Years' Address, 1857")

Pride, self-conceit, and self-exaltation, are both
the chief temptations, and the main besetting sins,
of those who occupy any public position in the church.

Therefore, where these sins are not mortified by the
Spirit, and subdued by His grace; instead of being, as
they should be, the humblest of men; they are, with
rare exceptions, the proudest.

Did we bear in constant remembrance our slips, falls,
and grievous backslidings; and had we, with all this,
a believing sight of the holiness and purity of God,
of the sufferings and sorrows of His dear Son, and
what it cost Him to redeem us from the lowest hell;
we would be, we must be clothed with humility; and
would, under feelings of the deepest self-abasement,
take the lowest place among the family of God, as
the chief of sinners, and less than the least of all
the saints.

This should be the feeling of every child of God.

Until this pride is in some measure crucified,
until we hate it, and hate ourselves for it, the
glory of God will not be our main object.

2 comments:

Susan said...

Makes me think of what John the Baptist said: "He must increase, but I decrease"

lyn said...

Exactly Susan! Those magnificent words of John the Baptist have somehow been lost in our day. There is so much self-promotion it's disgusting. It is NOT about us, it is ALL about Christ. He is who we are to exalt, He is the one we are to speak of continually. Pride is such a deadly sin, it disguises itself so very well. Oh that we would cry out for God to search our hearts...and actually mean it! I know many of us do that very thing, but there are multitudes who do not. Men in ministry who lead others astray, who have 'self' as their god and care nothing for exalting the name of Christ. Many who name the name of Christ should be very afraid.