Genesis 41:14-16: Glorifying God.
“14 So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh. 15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.’ 16 ‘I cannot do it,’ Joseph replied to Pharaoh, ‘but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.’ NIV
A good looking little boy was in a sweet shop in Scotland. Another lady in the shop praised him – possibly for his appearance. When she’d gone, another lady, working behind the counter, said to him, ‘Flattery is like perfume sonny. You can sniff the bottle, but you mustn’t swallow it!’
As we exercise our spiritual gifts, let’s aim to do so in the same spirit as young Joseph (16). There is no need for false modesty. That can come across as stupid. But we do need to find ways to make sure we point to God and give Him the glory only He deserves.
Here are two quotes from F.B. Meyer:
‘Our light must so shine that men may turn from us to Him from whom we have derived it.’
‘When the heart is full of God, the tongue will be almost obliged to speak of Him.’
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the encouragement which comes my way; that, at times, I get to ‘sniff the bottle’. But please help me to consciously and deliberately place every compliment at your feet. Such words do not belong to me; they are for you. To you, Lord, be all the glory.