Blowing Your Own Horn

28 Aug

God’s Word: I Corinthians 1:10-31 (The Message)

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Blowing your own horn leads to resentment.  Toot your hornAs much as you think you deserve to stand out and be noticed—so does everyone else. When everyone focuses on self–trouble is always the result.  Instead be on constant lookout for the good that others do and commend them for their efforts.  It’s even better if you give them a pat on the back in front of others.  That is more motivating than a thousand reprimands.  So find someone doing a good job and be their cheerleader.  You will find everyone wants to please the one who passes out genuine praise.

Blowing your own horn leads to division.  It seems to be a call out to taking sides.  The result is fighting and doing harm to the character of one another.  Friends, you are all in the same boat in this world.  You all have the same air to breathe and water to drink.  You do yourself as much harm as another when you disagree and take sides.  Look for what to agree on and you will find your disagreements will take care of themselves.  A person bent upon blowing their own horn is usually eager to blow the horn on the other guy.  Please—look for the good.

When you look for the good in others you are blowing My trumpet of peace.  Those who are out to gather a following for themselves, always do it at the expense of others. Instead, be about the business of gathering followers for Jesus.  He is the one worthy the blowing of a trumpet. Jesus followers are all about serving others, not about making themselves the top dog.  Jesus is My ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one.  His followers are not out blowing their own horn but sounding the trumpet of victory over sin that Christ’s death provides. Living for Jesus is all about living to bless others.

God’s Question:  What are you doing today to bless another?

God’s Promise: Blessing others draws My attention.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for Christ’s victory over death and sin.

I am Sorry I am not out blowing Your trumpet more.

Thank You for loving me in spite of my failures.

Please Help Me love others in spite of their failures.

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