“I became a servant of the gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.”
My favorite part of the above verse is how Paul refers to himself as “less than the least of ALL the Lord’s people.”
This doesn’t come from an insecure place in Paul’s heart – as if to say – “I’m not good enough. Why did He choose me to carry out the gospel?”
Paul knew he was unworthy. He understood that (even with all of his influence) he was a nobody. He was nothing and God was/is everything.
I encourage you to find one thing you take pride in a little too much.
Maybe it’s your children, status, religion, career, etc. and humble yourselves. It’s unnatural. It takes practice. But it’s worth it.
As Christians, we are supposed to take credit for nothing that we acquire or accomplish.
The next time you begin to think you’re awesome and it was your skills or work ethic that got you where you wanted to go – think of Paul.
Thank God for even giving you that opportunity that you’re trying to take credit for.
And as John says, “I must decrease so that God can increase!”