Do Not Boast In Your Own Abilities Or The Gifts Of Your Favorite Leader

Christians should not be pitting their leaders against each other, continually identifying themselves with one specific teacher and denigrating another. This kind of hero worship puts undo emphasis on the servants of God, and takes the focus off God Himself. We should be careful how we praise men, for men have no special power in themselves. All the ability that any of us have to serve God comes from God Himself:

 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? (I Corinthians 4:7)

The point is that no gift that we have is inherent to us: all things are gifts from God. Remember, there was a time when we did not exist except in the mind of God. We were literally nothing. But God has given us bodies, and talents, and ambitions. We cannot take credit for any of these things. Therefore, since everything good we have is a gift from God, we must not despise others who seem to have lesser gifts. Christians need to see ourselves as all equals. This is easy to say, but harder to put into practice. We must stop engaging in the kind of subtle hero-worship that denigrates other Christians and takes our focus off of Jesus Christ.

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