How you should think about yourself…

You can’t think of yourself as someone who can do it all by themselves.  We do not have all the same manner of giftedness, passions, creativity etc and usually find that we need others to help us accomplish what we need because we cannot do it alone.

In fact, there is much to be said for an individual to keep themselves within the bounds of their calling and that every person be wise according to the measure of grace that God has given them. I had a person in leadership within the church that was convinced I was acting on the stage each time I preached, gave testimony etc.  He “forced” me to join the drama team and I was a complete flop, much to his dismay.

There are those who persuade themselves that they know more than they actually do.  We will have both feet on the ground when we do not take on us the things we do not have and also make sure not to brag of those things which we do have.

Thank you Matthew Henry for the following paragraph summarizing this point —

Pride is a sin in us by nature; we need to be cautioned and armed against it. All the saints make up one body in Christ, who is the Head of the body, and the common Centre of their unity. In the spiritual body, some are fitted for and called to one sort of work; others for another sort of work. We are to do all the good we can, one to another, and for the common benefit. If we duly thought about the powers we have, and how far we fail properly to improve them, it would humble us. But as we must not be proud of our talents, so we must take heed lest, under a pretence of humility and self-denial, we are slothful in laying out ourselves for the good of others. We must not say, I am nothing, therefore I will sit still, and do nothing; but, I am nothing in myself, and therefore I will lay out myself to the utmost, in the strength of the grace of Christ. Whatever our gifts or situations may be, let us try to employ ourselves humbly, diligently, cheerfully, and in simplicity; not seeking our own credit or profit, but the good of many, for this world and that which is to come.

 

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