Then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. (1 Cor. 15:28)

The first graders shuffled into their new class on the first day of school with their squeaky new sneakers and shiny new backpacks. One student raised his hand and said to the teacher, “I have an idea! Let’s put our backpacks on those hooks on the wall.” The teacher, who had prepared the hooks ahead of time, grinned. “What a great plan! Thank you for thinking of it!” The child beamed with pride, thinking he had come up with the coat hook idea himself!

We often look around at the good we have done, puff out our chests in pride, and think, “Aren’t I powerful? Look at what I have done!” In reality, it is God’s power at work in our lives that produces goodness.

Jesus Christ rose from the dead. At the end, He will put all His enemies under His feet. But rather than focus on His own accomplishments and power, Jesus will be made subject to God the Father. Jesus, in ultimate humility, draws attention to the power of God the Father.

We can acknowledge God’s power in our own lives. When someone praises or compliments us, we can give God the credit. During family gatherings, we can thank God for His blessings both material and immaterial. It is His power at work in our lives—not our own—that accomplishes good things.

Tell someone today how God’s power has worked in you.

Rachel Schmoyer is a pastor’s wife, mom of four, and has a degree from Cairn University. She enjoys biographies of the First Ladies.