Who Gets the Glory? (Acts 3:12-13a)

Acts 3:12-13a (ESV)

 

And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus…”

 

                When Peter healed the man who was begging at the temple’s gate called “Beautiful,” the people who saw what happened marveled. They looked at Peter with astonishment. Perhaps they even wondered what kind of powerful prophet was in their midst. But Peter was quick to dispel their notions, giving all credit and glory to God for a work that only God could do.

 

                What about us when we see success, growth, and life change in our churches? Do we, as quickly as Peter, give all glory and honor to our God? I often hear pastors and strategists say something like, “Of course we know that this is a God thing.” I also often hear such men then follow up that disclaimer with a point-by-point explanation of the things that they did to make church growth or evangelistic success happen. I am sure that many of these men are sincere. I am also aware that these men are often put in the awkward place of being asked to explain their systems and thus cannot simply shrug and say that God did it all and leave it at that.

 

                What I wonder is, how often are we really sure that we believe that God is the one who builds the church and grows his kingdom? How often do we say that we know it is God when really we think we have a lot to do with God’s work? Let us be careful to give God 100% of the glory for anything good that happens in our lives and ministries. Like Peter, let us be sure that any success that we have redounds to the personal glory of Christ.