A few weeks ago I was honoured to share at a local churches annual picnic about my burden for the people to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It was a joy to share with them from Colossians 4:5-6 on “missions having an aggressive method, but a loving message.”
Leading up to that service I started praying about what the Lord wanted me to share. My mind started going to some exciting experiences on the mission-field, or emotional lessons learned.
I did end up sharing stories, but only within the context of the text itself…..
Because it’s not about me.
I could have told exciting stories that moved them emotionally, with a few verses of Scripture added at the end. But when the service was over, they would be talking about me instead of Christ.
So our job is to shine the light on the Gospel instead of ourselves
I love an illustration for this Paul David Tripp gives in his book “Instruments in the Redeemers Hands.”
One day at the school he led, a little girl in kindergarten had a birthday party. Everyone got small presents, but of course she got the most. One of the boys started getting very upset because he felt her getting all of those presents was unfair.
A mother walked up to him, looked him in the eyes, and said “its not your party.”
Whatever we do in life, may we remember it’s not our party. And may the spotlight be on our Saviour instead of ourselves.