Christianity is not an easy way of life. Yet many of this world’s churches that call themselves Christian would have people believe that accepting the blood of the Lamb is the end of all of their troubles.That claim, though, is very misleading to say the very least. Many influences that are taught by many in authority take a believer from the straight path entirely and in many cases cause him to stumble. We as the redeemed must be discerning, going to great lengths to be humble in our service to our Lord.
We truly have a fight on our hands if we really want and desire to glorify God with our lives and grow in His Spirit. We must seek God in humility and develop success in our lives in all aspects as believers in Christ. We as believers are servants of the most High, and as believers in the Lord Christ Jesus we have the unique ability to call upon His name that He will answer our prayers. There are many miracles that God performs in our lives and in the lives of others as a result of these prayers. But many times it makes me sad to say, men and women take credit for the things God has done. It is so interesting that, in the last few years in the church, so many things have been liberalized.
God uses us as instruments of His mercy, His love, His message and yes on occasion His power and might as He works by His Spirit in our lives and through us in the lives of others. But no matter how great the miracle, or how powerful the act of God through any instrument of mankind, we as the vessel can take no credit whatsoever. It doesn’t matter who we are talking about, whether it is you or I, or Elijah, Moses, David, or even Peter or Paul, no one can take credit for what God is doing, has done, or is going to do.
I see evidence of this seemingly happening and being played out throughout the Body of Christ, as there are ministries that on the surface appear to lift up man for what God has done. Isaiah sarcastically covers just this subject in
Does an ax take over from the one who swings it?
Does a saw act more important than the one sawing?
As if a shovel did its shoveling by using the one who dug the ditch!
As if a hammer used the carpenter to pound nails!
Here in Isaiah God uses the pictures of an ax, a saw, a shovel and a hammer to make an observation that is obvious. The instrument should never take credit for what the worker accomplishes with it. When we are operated on the surgeon uses a scalpel, yet the scalpel can’t take credit for what the surgeon does. All the knowledge and the skill belong to the user, not the instrument.
It is easy for some instruments of God to become proud. It is all important that we keep our perspective as an instrument. It is wonderful as it is to be an instrument in God’s hand and to be used for His purpose and His glory. We must always keep in mind that the instrument deserves no special glory. An instrument without the hand of the Master is useless and can carry out nothing of itself. Believers and ministries should not ever take one ounce of credit for anything God has accomplished through them as an instrument.
Jesus said that our attitude should be: So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, “We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.” (Luke 17:10)
The problem that occurs is that many times it is easier to handle failure and meekness than it is riches, strength and great success. When we lack things; when we are poor and impoverished, we are easily able to see and realize our needs, and the necessity for God to work and perform on our behalf. But when great success, riches and sometimes fame comes our way, the prosperity persuades many that they no longer need God’s help, or that they are responsible for their own success.
We read in God’s Word of many men of God who found this out the hard way to be true. In my story “Wanna be God’s Iron Man”, (https://darrellcreswell.wordpress.com/2010/02/22/wanna-be-gods-iron-man/) we read about Sampson. Sampson is the strongest man recorded in the Word of God. In the Word we read that he possessed super human strength and performed super-human acts, yet Samson himself was not super strong. In fact he himself never did any spectacular feat of strength, not one thing at all. It was only under the influence of the Spirit of God he became an “Iron Man”. Samson was not a giant or an extraordinary human being. He was like any one of us, he was an instrument. But he did mighty things when the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. Without the Spirit of the Lord being upon him, he was just an ordinary guy, just like you and me. When God’s strength was removed from him he became nothing more than a slave unable to even free himself from his bonds.
Sampson is a good example for us to follow. When we are used as an instrument of God let us always be reminded that He alone is the one who accomplishes all things. We are but humble servants and vessels prepared for His service.
So if there are great things happening in your life, church or ministry, remember all blessings and success comes from God alone. We are never self-sufficient and always need to realize our reliance upon Him. As you encounter success and prosperity, be careful how you handle it before God and man. Enjoy, and rejoice in all that God is doing in your life, enjoy His blessings as He raises you up in your family life, in your business efforts and/or your ministry. Just please be reminded that you are never in charge, He is.
Remember as Isaiah pointed out in the above scripture, we are but mere instruments in His hand to carry out His purposes; and it would be as absurd of us to boast of what we have done, as it would be for the axe to boast when it had been welded with effect. In the axe there is no wisdom, no skill, and no power of itself. The axe may clear the forest but it is not by any skill or power by which it possesses. It is only in the hands of God, and when directed by His unseen arm that we are able to accomplish His designs as He is the Ruler of the universe. And even though we are free as believers in the blood of Christ, we are under the direction of God, and are directed to accomplish only His purpose and His designs.
We are but instruments in the hands of the Master; all credit, all honor and all glory belongs to Him and Him alone.