His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain. 1 Cor. 15:10.
The way we continually talk about our own inability is an insult to the Creator. The deploring of our own incompetence is a slander against God for having overlooked us. Get into the habit of examining in the sight of God the things that sound humble before men, and you will be amazed at how staggeringly impertinent they are. ‘Oh, I shouldn’t like to say I am sanctified; I’m not a saint.’ Say that before God; and it means—‘No, Lord, it is impossible for You to save and sanctify me; there are chances I have not had; so many imperfections in my brain and body; no, Lord, it isn’t possible.’ That may sound wonderfully humble before men, but before God it is an attitude of defiance.
Again, the things that sound humble before God may sound the opposite before men. To say—‘Thank God, I know I am saved and sanctified,’ is in the sight of God the acme of humility, it means you have so completely abandoned yourself to God that you know He is true. Never bother your head as to whether what you say sounds humble before men or not, but always be humble before God, and let Him be all in all.
There is only one relationship that matters, and that is your personal relationship to a personal Redeemer and Lord. Let everything else go, but maintain that at all costs, and God will fulfill His purpose through your life. One individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purpose, and yours may be that life.
most certainly needed that! I have a bad habit of deploring of my incompetence....
It is so amazing that once again, things I might think of as 'humble' is actually an insult to God and even more what I might think is arrogant boasting, is anything but, and is in fact glorifying God!
Of course, if I tend to think that way, for sure there are many others, so if I indeed say:
"Thank God, I know I am saved and sanctified,"
Surely many will think I am arrogant but I like what Mr. Oswald Chambers said:
"Never bother your head as to whether what you say sounds humble before men or not,
Barbara, I can't imagine anyone thinking you were arrogant for saying that! If they did though, it would be because they have a problem they need to take to the Lord, and the sooner they figure that out, the better off they'll be.