“Don’t Become a Figment of Your Own Imagination”
Do you like to receive credit if you have been a part of something good happening?
I think most humans would say yes.
I know I do not like to be part of a failure and I like being part of the good.
Please read the following verses.
8 In Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and had never walked.
9 He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed
10 and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.
11 When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!”
12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker.
13 The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.
14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting:
15 “Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them.
16 In the past, he let all nations go their own way.
17 Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”
18 Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.
It might have been tempting to most people to allow these people to treat them as gods. I remember hitting a game-winning triple in softball. People bought me food to eat and soda pop to drink. What a special feeling it was.
Paul and Barnabas were being treated as gods.
However, they did not like that one bit.
They did everything in their power to see that the Lord God received the credit for the things He was doing through them.
Paul and Barnabas give us a great example.
May we follow their example in our living.