“For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed” (Romans 15:18). In the previous verse Paul said, “In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God” (15:17). What he is insisting on is that he could not take credit for any of his accomplishments, whether the church in Rome or anywhere else. All of it was “what Christ has accomplished through me,” nothing more.
This is how we must see our work for the Lord. Paul reminded the Corinthians of the same principle; “As it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord”” (1 Corinthians 1:31; 2 Corinthians 10:17).
This should be a natural attitude for anyone walking close with the Lord. I know in my own experience that I am not as consistent in this attitude as I should be. The battle rages in our hearts when there are results from our ministry and people say things to us without our immediately redirecting the credit to the Lord. John perceived this issue as a very important one when he said of the Pharisees; “they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God” (John 12:43).
The Spirit’s work in us will always glorify Christ and His work in others. Be sure you are hearing His voice. The point of our work is “to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed.”
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