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Will we be willing to be brought low and of no reputation?
 Here are the tests, can we agree with what God wants so that we become as “worms”? Psalm 22:6 presents the Son of God, the Almighty God, as being just a “worm” as He lived on earth: “But I am a worm and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.” Compare Job 25:6; Isaiah 53:3. Jesus was despised and men esteemed Him not. Yet, we His followers, often want to be esteemed, that is respected, venerated, and admired by men every much indeed! No, it is not just so we can witness for Christ effectively, it is about earthly pride in self. There in lies a bondage and a trap. How many dear Christians who are working diligently for their Lord have humble ministries, small spheres of service in the home and amongst simple people in obscure surroundings.  The majority of the Christians on earth are called to such self-abasing service – yet many are not content and at peace. There can be a yearning to shine in Christian circles, to be led into the limelight and public view. So that men can see the talents and gifts of self. Yes, we are to let our light shine, not hide it under a bushel, but the light must only be the glory of God, our good works prepared by Him, not a display of our talents for our own glory. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in  them.” Ephesians 2:10.“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.Mmmm! Self versus the forever, continual yielding to the death of the self-life. It seems to me that it is like a pull between gaining weight and eating delicious food! One starts on a strict diet with the view that a slimmer body is your main target. No holds barred. It is a top priority, an essential. Two days down the track, or maybe three, something else intrudes. It becomes an imperative that that deliciously fattening fried chicken and baked potato should be devoured – and you are pulled this way and then that! SELF is very deep, the yielding to the Cross at every trial about self, is such a humiliation and a loss! Yes, a loss. Dare we yield to the Lord to be made nothing? But people will not even notice us if we do, surely God can’t expect such a death? He does, and it is not loss in the end, it is sheer gain:“And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Matt. 10:39. I have just passed through a choice of self or the death of self this very afternoon. I am still working it all out in my mind. Satan is telling me that the work we have done over the years has never gained a large audience, people do not consider our work to be worthy of comment in a Christian newspaper. What Christian organization or publication will mourn my passing when I die (if I die and am not raptured)? Ah, the devil taunts, what a waste of a “talent” like yours!!! Will I give in and go the self-way and wallow in self-pity and silly pride and pretension? NO, it does not matter in the least how noticed or “recognized” before men we are, only that we bring glory to GOD by simple obedience and abandonment to Him. THINE is the glory, risen and magnificent Lord, I am called to be just an empty vessel for Your use – whatever that use may be. I am moving out of the temptation crisis as I write.

By: Elinda Akosua Agyei
Category: Befriending and Promoting the Lowly
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