Missiology Through Scripture – 1 Chronicles 16:28

“Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!” – 1 Chronicles 16:28

The sinful heart of man loves to take credit for that which can only be accomplished by God. Our ego is susceptible to the praises of man and loves to receive the “ata boys” from well-meaning observers.  We adore to think God elected us to administer his will because we are just a little special. It is dangerous to imagine for a moment any good which comes from our ministry originates anywhere except the will of God.

Adoration and veneration by peers, or those we serve, should be redirected to God. The disciple of Christ can no more take credit for successful ministry, than a hammer can accept praise due the carpenter. When we accept acclaim for our work we are dangerously close to idolatry. Heidelberg Catechism Question 95 says, “Idolatry is, instead of, or besides that one true God, who has manifested himself in his word, to contrive, or have any other object, in which men place their trust.” Our job as ministers of the gospel is to redirect, to God, any praise heaped on us.

Servants of the Lord go into the world to seek greater and more frequent praise for Christ. Andrew Harper said, “But all the world also are to praise Him as the only true and almighty God, and all peoples do homage to Him with sacrificial gifts; and that His kingdom may be acknowledged among the heathen, even inanimate nature will rejoice at His coming to judgment.”[1] Praise is only good, when it is directed at its true source.

As the laborers of Christ are privileged enough to see success in their work, they must always turn every eye heavenward in appreciation for God’s grace and mercy. Our self-worth is only truly fed by the Lord. We must always teach our fellow sinners to not thank the hands which dispensed the blessings, but the author of the mercy himself.

 

[1] Carl Friedrich Keil and Franz Delitzsch, Commentary on the Old Testament, vol. 3 (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1996), 513.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written two books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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