Pastor's Pen: Humble pie

The other week I talked about the 39 inch pike Calib and I were able to land. Since then I have heard the stories and seen the pictures of many larger fish caught by anglers. I was also forced to recognize that my fishing skill had very little to do with my catch.

On Friday night I decided to try my hand at another big catch, but was met with huge disappointment. Very few splashes were heard during the night and nothing bigger than a small dogfish grabbed onto our lines. Mine didn’t even get that.

In fact, the same line that caught the pike snapped three times! It threw one of my lures into the depths below and another lure snapped right in half! I spent most of the night watching my bobber float on top of the water.

I recognized quickly that whatever attracted the fish to my line before wasn’t working very well on this night. I had simply received a little blessing from God that I was able to enjoy for a while.

Paul knew God had brought the blessings in his life. He had little to do with gospel reaching the hearts of the people and with his high position in the church.

In 1 Corinthians 15:9-10 he writes, “I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”

Paul knew what we often forget: the hard work we do is only able to be done by the grace of God and the reward we reap is only harvested by the grace of God. If I have any joy or benefit it is all by the grace of God.

Today, thank God for the abilities He has given, the work He has allowed you to do and the benefits He has allowed you obtain. It’s all about Him “for in Him all things were created…all things have been created through Him and for Him”. (Colossians 1:16).

To God be the glory forever and ever! Amen.