Hello and welcome! This is the Geeks Under Grace daily devotional where we dive into the Bible everyday. We take devotionals from bible.com and read the verses, devotional, and give our own commentary. Sometimes we will have multiple writers, but most of the time it will be just me. I hope you enjoy and comment with your own commentary.
This devotional is titled “Building 429 – The Overflow Devo”. It is only 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!”
So I was a basketball player first. A great one? Maybe. Good enough to play division I college ball? Yes. What’s wrong with that you ask? Well, nothing, except that it DEFINED ME in every way. Something bad happens when anything other than Christ defines you. You either become Arrogant, or Desperate. In my situation it was the former. I was extremely prideful about my abilities on a basketball court. One day I talked too much trash on a court with someone who couldn’t handle it. He didn’t give me a fair fight, he just hit me when I wasn’t looking…and I woke up in an ambulance. I didn’t know my name, my phone number, or my school. NOTHING…nada…identity gone. Not only that, but with one shot this guy broke my face. I had lacerations from the inside of my eye all the way to the front of my nose. A huge gash under my eye… and six weeks to live with the deformation of my face while the swelling went down. Then, after the 6 weeks, I remember well the day they wheeled me back to surgery to re-break my face and put it all back in order. That day was so scary. I had an epiphany that day. I was tired of living for myself. Had God caused this guy to deck me???? No, the consequences of me trying to take all the glory had left me vulnerable to an attack by someone else who wanted the glory. Truthfully, we don’t want the glory, because the glory makes us the target. Can you handle everything that everyone throws at you? No. Can God? Uh, Yeah.
You know what you’re being asked to do??? Just point to Jesus. If you win… point to Jesus. If you lose…. point to Jesus. The Glory thing…that’s His business…He is glorious, and you get to take part in making His glory known. In the good, and in the bad, He’s worthy of the praise and we’re NOT. So if you stand… it’s only because you are in His hands…because I promise Glory hogs always end up Arrogant or Desperate, and in some cases, both. Who really wants to be either one of those things? Pray for Humility today and remember… just point to HIM!
Pride is something I have experienced from time to time. Not wanting I was admitting I was wrong about something after thinking for so long that I was right. Those times are the toughest. Seeing someone else do something that I have done before and scoffing, yeah that happens. I have reached a point in my life where I get over a hurdle and I recognize there is another one yet to be jumped. It seems endless at times. Pride is still a hurdle that I am still trying to clear.