Devotional

It Isn’t Me

December 13th, 2017 / Posted from Our Daily Bread / Category: Daily Devotionals

As one of the most celebrated orchestral conductors of the twentieth century, Arturo Toscanini is remembered for his desire to give credit to whom credit is due. In David Ewen’s Dictators of the Baton, the author describes how members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra rose to their feet and cheered Toscanini at the end of a rehearsal of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. When there was a lull in the ovation, and with tears in his eyes, Arturo’s broken voice could be heard exclaiming as he spoke: “It isn’t me . . . it’s Beethoven! . . . Toscanini is nothing.”

In the apostle Paul’s New Testament letters, he also refused to take credit for his spiritual insight and influence. He knew he was like a spiritual father and mother to many who had put their faith in Christ. He admitted he had worked hard and suffered much to encourage the faith, hope, and love of so many (1 Cor. 15:10). But he could not, in good conscience, accept the applause of those who were inspired by his faith, love, and insight.

So for his readers’ sake, and for us, Paul said, in effect, “It isn’t me, brothers and sisters. It’s Christ . . . Paul is nothing.” We are only messengers of the One who deserves our cheers.   



Related Posts

On-Air Now

  • Daily HopeDr. Rick Warren is passionate about attacking what he calls the five “Global Goliaths” – spiritual emptiness, egocentric leadership, extreme ...View PlaylistTuesday, 6:30 pm-7:00 pm

Next 3 Shows

Upcoming Events

  1. Primitive Quartet in Concert

    April 27 @ 7:00 pm
  2. Arts and Crafts Fair

    April 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  3. Arts and Crafts Fair- Northeast Christian Church

    April 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  4. MICAH in Concert

    April 28 @ 6:00 pm
  5. MICAH in concert at Cedar Hill Baptist Church

    April 29 @ 11:00 am

From our Facebook Feed