Diverting Glory

And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk?..... And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3:12,16)

 

Marveling at men of faith who seem to possess some level of spirituality or supernatural power that I just don’t seem to have is clearly the kind of act condemned here by Peter. We should avoid any kind of language that utters a phrase like, “He’s a better Christian than I am.” After healing a man and astonishing everyone around him, Peter diverts any glory coming his way as if by saying, “You’re missing the point if you stand in awe of me. Any and all glory belongs to the Lord, always." 

Lord, forgive me for looking upon men who exhibit strong faith and accrediting such faith to their own power and personal holiness. Great power is certainly possessed by men who have faith in our Lord, but it is our Lord that imparts this kind of faith in men’s hearts in the first place. Faith in our God is a gift from our God and therefore man has no power or piety to claim as his own. It’s an astonishing mystery, but all acts of great faith are done by Him and His greatness working in and through us.

Mere man performs no miracle.

Lord, may I never look upon myself or other men of faith as people who have somehow obtained a lofty level of spirituality. All great faith ought to lead me to worship You, the Author of life and the Initiator of faith, rather than the man who possesses that faith. You are the Beginning, and we are the beneficiaries; may all great faith direct our eyes to Your throne from which it flows.