17 However, let him who boasts and glories boast and glory in the Lord. 18 For [it is] not [the man] who praises and commends himself who is approved and accepted, but [it is the person] whom the Lord accredits and commends. 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 [AMP]
As I was reading and finishing chapter 10 tonight, it dawned on me that the world says the exact opposite of what Paul teaches. The world would say that you should take personal credit for who you are and what you do. That who you are is all about what you make of yourself and what you want others to think of you. The world tells you that everyone should revolve around your wants and desires.
Paul’s message is very different -> if you are going to boast and give glory, boast in and give glory to the Lord. Paul even goes further in verse 18 to make his point. Just because you approve of yourself does not mean you are or will be accepted. It is who the Lord accredits and commends that will be approved and accepted in the only ways that matter.
The moment I find myself taking credit for something, I need to stop and redirect that boasting and credit to the Lord Whose opinion is the only one that matters. My plight in life needs to be to do everything for the glory of God alone.