Since then, people have been very complimentary of my husband and I
Reference: “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. (Ezekiel 36:22 NIV)
Explore: I’ve always found it hard to take a compliment, but particularly when it’s about something that just comes naturally.
When our nineteen year old foster daughter became pregnant, I saw no other option but to open our home to her and her coming child. Since then, people have been very complimentary of my husband and I for taking them in.
However, it feels weird to accept their praise. To us, we didn’t even consider any other option and we knew that our parents would have done the same for us. (Maybe it’s our parents who should be getting the praise for instilling such strong family values in us!)
I’m not saying that we should hold back on complimenting people, but it’s just that sometimes I feel I’m accepting praise just by responding how God has made me.
Application: It seems that I may not be the only one who gets compliments and blessings because of what God has done. In Ezekiel 36, God helps His people, even though they are not worthy, but to prove God’s character to His enemies.
If we are open to living out God’s character then He will know we are open to being an example for Him. Then He will be able to use us in such a way that it even exceeds our capabilities.
Prayer: Lord, we are so fortunate to have You in our lives. Although we are not worthy, thank You for using us to proclaim Your name. Amen.
How can God use you today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.