“When Axe’s Start Bragging”

August 12, 2009

“Is the axe to boast itself over the one who chops with it?  Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who wields it?  That would be like a club wielding those who lift it, or like a rod lifting him who is not wood.” (Isa 10:15)

This verse is a picturesque warning about boasting in our own abilities and talents.  How easy it is to brag to ourself, if to no one else, about how well we preach, teach, write, serve, or execute our occupation.   We do something well and people pat us on the back and congratulate us for our accomplishments, marveling at our abilities.  It feels good and before long we believe that without us life would fall apart.  We begin to believe the deception that you are indispensible or irreplaceable.

Do not forget that you and I are mere instruments in the hand of a sovereign and gracious God.  Without the animating hand of a lumberjack an axe would never cut a tree down.  Without the empowering hand of God in our lives we would never accomplish anything of merit.  Without the supernatural empowerment from Christ we would rot in disuse (Gal 2:20).  Sermons would fall flat, books would never be written, money would not be made, culture never impacted.  We are instruments in the hand of the expert.  The bragging rights for all of our accomplishments do not belong to the instrument, but to the one who marvelously wields the instrument.

The next time your favorite basketball star swishes an impossible shot remember that you are praising the one who shot the ball, not the ball.  Without the guiding, empowering hand of the expert shooter the ball would never find its way to the net.  We praise the one who performs the act, not the instrument he or she uses to peform the act.  Remember, you and I are simply instruments in the hand of the master of all acts.

Every successful surgery, every bestselling book, every life changing sermon, is work of the glorious God using his instruments to accomplish His purposes.  Give glory to God.

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