Saturday, August 25, 2018

Brown: pride in humility

Saturday, August 25, 2018
    All these [gifts] are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
    —1 Corinthians 12:11 (NIV)
    There is a false self-distrust which denies the worth of its own talent. It is not humility—it is petty pride, withholding its simple gifts from the hands of Christ because they are not more pretentious. There are men who would endow colleges, they say, if they were millionaires. They would help in the work of Bible study if they were as gifted as Henry Drummond. They would strive to lead their associates into the Christian life if they had the gifts of Dwight L. Moody. But they are not ready to give what they have and do what they can and be as it has pleased God to make them, in His service—and that is their condemnation.
    ... Charles Reynolds Brown (1862-1950), “The Unrealized Possibilities in Life”, in Homeletic Review, V. LXIII, Jan. to June, 1912, New York Funk & Wagnalls, 1912, p. 397 (see the book)
    See also Mark 12:41-44; Luke 11:39-41; 1 Cor. 12:11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, take all false humility away, and lead me to give of myself freely.
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