Monday, July 6, 2009
Daily Devo - Monday, 07/06/2009
After a major basketball game a group of reporters surrounded an all-star NBA athlete. Earlier that evening he had played at optimum level. The crowd cheered, the coach grinned, the announcers raved, and even the referees seemed to be in awe. The player had dominated the floor. His teammates merely fed him the ball even as the opponents feebly attempted to take it away. By all accounts it was a magisterial performance.
As the player made his way out of the locker room, wearing an expensive suit and head held high, the cameras flashed and the reporters fired their questions. One young reporter yelled out, "why do you think you played so well tonight?" With a smile as wide as his face would permit the player confidently responded "because of natural ability, of course! I was amazing tonight."
Humanism is such a pitiful religion. One man pits himself against the other and all struggle for the place of honor and prestige. What is granted to us by nature becomes something for which we think we deserve praise. I recently heard a nationally-recognized pastor say that his mega-church became so large not because of prayer or faithfulness, but simply because he was talented. He went on to encourage other pastors to develop their talent under the belief that this is the only way to grow a church. The sin of humanism--a relentless focus on self--finds its way even into the hearts of men who claim to know better.
Christ frees us from all such foolishness. Whatever gifts we may possess have merely been loaned to us from Christ. The strength is his, the ability is his, and therefore the glory is his. There is no one amazing in Christ's kingdom save Christ alone. This amazing Lord chose to use us not because of who we are, but despite who we are.