Friday, 04 May 2018 13:11

Self-Glory

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Are you ever guilty of worshipping yourself? What a disturbing possibility! In his book, Dangerous Calling, Paul David Tripp says, “Perhaps in ministry there is no more potent intoxicant than the praise of men, and there is no more dangerous form of drunkenness than to be drunk with your own glory.” (p. 167)

In Chapter 12 of this book Tripp identifies ten occasions when we might be guilty of self-worship.

I’m sharing so you can check your heart.

  1. Self-glory will cause you to parade in public what should be kept in private. In this scenario you will discuss things that you learned from God in private, too often.
  2. Self-glory will cause you to be way too self-referencing. In this scenario you talk about yourself too often.
  3. Self-glory will cause you to talk when you should be quiet. In this scenario you are quick to spout your opinions rather than listen to those of others.
  4. Self-glory will cause you to be quiet when you should speak. In this scenario the leader does not join in discussing his ideas and refining it into a better idea.
  5. Self-glory will cause you to care too much about what people think of you. In this scenario you become trapped by people’s opinions and become a prisoner to them.
  6. Self-glory will cause you to care too little about what people think about you. In this scenario you become indifferent to people’s opinions and think you are above their suggestions or ideas for improvement.
  7. Self-glory will cause you to resist facing and admitting your sins, weaknesses, and failures. This was the plight of King David after committing adultery. He could not see and admit his sin.
  8. Self-glory will cause you to struggle with the blessings of others. You will begin to feel that you deserve the blessings that another person receives.
  9. Self-glory will cause you to be more position oriented than submission oriented. Jesus’ disciples struggled with the temptation as to who would be the greatest.
  10. Self-glory will cause you to control ministry rather than delegate ministry. In this scenario you will find it difficult to delegate and to celebrate the gifts and talents of other people.

Paul Tripp offers Jesus’ example as the cure for self-glory. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded…. So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” (Jn. 13:3-5, 12-15)

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