Let God Commend You, Not Your Own Lips

2000-mary-magdalene_5“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” – 2 Corinthians 10:12

Scripture tells us continually that God blesses the meek and exults the humble. Likewise it also tells us that He resist the proud and despises those who seek preeminence, title, position, pomp, attention, and glory of men. Many today are conditioned to seek after the praises of men, rather it be on social media, in school, in the work place, or in the church, seeking attention, notoriety, and praise is the norm. However, at the risk of sounding like everyone’s mom I must state the obvious… just because everyone does it, does not make it right. In fact, as Jesus all too often reminded us, if most are doing it, it’s probably a sure fire indication that it’s not right since to be friends with the world is to be enemies with God. (James 4:4)

“Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.” – Proverbs 27:2

In our opening passage Paul and his companions state that they dare not count themselves among those that “commend” themselves. He goes on to state that they that do this are unwise because in commending themselves they are measuring themselves against themselves and comparing themselves one to another. In other words, their faith is actually in themselves and in each other and also their worship likewise.

When a person is commending or proclaiming themselves, they are attempting to build people’s faith in them and by proxy, the people’s worship of them. In other words, they seek to make themselves an idol and therefore a stumbling block to others. This is why Paul stated that he dare not be counted among them. However, when a person walks in humility seeking only to honor, serve, obey, and Glorify God who alone is wise and worthy, with no desire for self gain, notoriety, or even acknowledgment, then God himself will commend them, both to their eternal glory and more importantly, to His.

“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly, To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand. But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.” – 2 Corinthians 10:12-18

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