Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise! (Rev. 5:12)
Dr. Wilbur Williams and I were sometimes called the early birds of Indiana Wesleyan University. We would arrive at our offices before anyone else, while it was still dark outside. During these early morning hours, Wilbur and I had special chats about God, life, and new lessons being learned.
When Wilbur passed away, I lost a dear friend. One morning I entered Wilbur’s old office; I went to his chair and sat in it, reminiscing. While sitting there, I remembered something Wilbur shared with me a few weeks before he died.
“Jim, when we are gone, even though there will be some students who will remember us, there will be more who won’t. New students will have no idea who we are when our names are brought up. However, even though we may not be remembered specifically, we can still have an indirect influence on their lives. How are we to do this? By what we teach and model before them; by how we seek to live faithfully for Christ; by teaching them that in all we do and say we are to give honor to God! He is the one who is worthy to be honored and praised, not us.”
The goal is never for the spotlight to be on us. The goal is for us to shine the light on God.
Focus your life on bringing honor to God.
Jim “Umfundisi” Lo is a professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, cross-cultural leader, intercessor, and author of several books published by Wesleyan Publishing House.
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