Promoting Word Study
When we receive the answers to our prayers, we receive lots of accolades also. Other people become very proud and thankful for our accomplishments. We get a great rush of support and ego boosting. We feel invincible and deserving. Then someone says something to us in a sarcastic way. Oh, it is probably true. That dress is too short, that music might be inappropriate and we probably should have said “hi.” But in spite of the correct nature of the complaint, we retaliate. We resent that comment. “Don’t they know who WE ARE?
Paul dealt with this in 1 Corinthians 3:3-5 AMP. Which says, “ For you are still [unspiritual, having the nature] of the flesh [under the control of ordinary impulses]. For as long as [there are] envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men? For when one says, I belong to Paul, and another, I belong to Apollos, are you not [proving yourselves] ordinary (unchanged) men? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Ministering servants [not heads of parties] through whom you believed, even as the Lord appointed to each his task.”
Take a step back. Apologize for your retort. Think. Who are you? Who are we? But ministering servants appointed to each task. Remember Him. Remember God. Listen to the Holy Spirit that says in Proverbs 16:17-19 ASV, “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: He that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. Pride goeth before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.”
I was once asked to guide a tour at a popular theme park. I had a sprained ankle at the time and respectfully declined. The minister said to me that it was no problem because I was around healing people. A sprained ankle was nothing for them. Come on…So I went…