For through the grace given to me
I say to everyone among you not to think
more highly of himself than he ought to think;
but to think so as to have sound judgment,
as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.
You can be “too big” for God to use,
but you cannot be “too small”!
During the watermelon harvest it is interesting to watch the trucks rolling into the market loaded with their impressive crop. One day a farmer took a melon from his patch that weighed 67 pounds. That was the largest one that year in that state, but it is insignificant in size when compared to those grown in Central Asia along the Tigris River.
Under special conditions there, some have reached the weight of 275 pounds! Some melon!
Farmers in that area put an excessive amount of soda in the soil, which produces rapid growth. However, the huge fruit is rather tasteless. The smaller melons are frequently sweeter. In other words, size does not determine quality.
Human nature has a tendency to entertain inflated opinions.
Often an individual is measured by his bankroll or position.
Sometimes even Christians feel an importance unwarranted by their lives.
“Bigness” is not necessarily an accurate test of one’s inner character.
The Lord has His “little melons” in the patch-savory, godly people who never win men’s applause. They have not been the product of undue promotion and fleshly efforts. Theirs is a sweetness of life resulting from the refreshing water of the Word
and the warmth of the blessed Spirit.
Self-effacing, they understand that “all members have not the same office” and are content to serve in the place God has assigned them.
As believers, let us seek to attain the mellowness of word and action that humility of spirit which God honors. By His grace it is possible for “little” people to live truly “big” lives.
When all is done, renounce your pride,
Self-praise and boasting scom;
Thus will you glorify your God,
And so the Christian name adorn.
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