"It's Not All About You!"

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You've heard this phrase before, haven't you? "It's not all about you!" We usually hear it when we've become selfish or have stopped thinking about the needs of other people around us. It often takes a good friend or our spouse to utter those words to us!

Well, there is actually a lot of wisdom in those five words. And when it comes to spiritual matters, it's never all about you. It's never all about me. In preparing to be sons and daughters in God's family, it's all about God, not us.

Until You Know…

We have to constantly remember that for the grace of God, we are nothing. The skills, talents and abilities we have are to be used to glorify God, not ourselves. Over the millennia, there have been numerous stories recorded of men and women who took too much upon themselves—leaving God out of the picture.

You will remember the famous story of Nebuchadnezzar who was reduced to the life of an animal after uttering these infamous words: "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?" (Daniel 4:30 Daniel 4:30The king spoke, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty?
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emphasis added throughout).

After pronouncing these words Nebuchadnezzar was told by God: "Your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field…until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses" (verse 32).

Don't Get the "Big Head"

It's not just kings who can get "the big head." We too must always be watchful that we don't take the glory for ourselves. The glory must go to God. This is true on an individual level, as well as for all of God's people. Any successes we may have in our lives are to accomplish His will and are for His glory. It is not of ourselves.

The apostle Paul reminded the Corinthian brethren about this very thing: "But 'he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.' For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends" (2 Corinthians 10:17-18 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 [17] But he that glories, let him glory in the Lord. [18] For not he that commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.
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). We must be very careful to give the honor and glory to God in all we do, not for our own benefit. Let God commend you.

Maybe you can think of some additional biblical examples of someone who "got the big head?" Or, maybe you can think of a modern-day example?

Acts chapter 12 recounts the untimely death of Herod Agrippa after he agrees with the gathered crowd that he is "of a god, not of a man!" (Acts 12:22 Acts 12:22And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.
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). Immediately "an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died" (Acts 12:23 Acts 12:23And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
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).

Let us be reminded to always give the honor and glory to God in our lives each day. It is He who sustains our life—our very existence (let alone our accomplishments). Let's enter each day using it for His honor and glory. After all, it's not all about you and me!