Colossians 3:17 (Common English Bible)
“Whatever you do, whether in speech or action, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God the Father through him.”
Psalm 86:12 (English Standard Version)
“I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart and I will glorify your name forever.”
John 1:6-8 (English Standard Version)
“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.”
Revelation 4:10-11 (English Standard Version)
“…the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
The Bible has much to teach on directing our focus towards the Lord. Living in the world, there is constantly the entrapment and temptation to show our human pride accomplishments. Many times throughout our lives, we mimic the childhood nursery rhyme, Little Jack Horner(1725).
“Little Jack Horner
Sat in the corner,
Eating a Christmas pie;
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum,
And said ‘What a good boy am I!”
The pride of self-accomplishment, is destructive to the believer.
Proverbs 16:18 (New Living Translation)
“Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.”
The Lord has choice words when people give themselves self-glory.
Isaiah 42:8 (New Living Translation)
“I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to anyone else, nor share my praise with carved idols.”
Looking back in the God’s Word, the prophet Micah recognizes it is the Lord giving him the ability to declare the word of God.
Micah 3:8 (English Standard Version) “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might,to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin.”
John 15:4 (English Standard Version)
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”
A.W. Tozer said in a sermon, “God never tells us anything to enable you to get along without Him!” ALL fruit in our lives comes from the Lord. He provides the nutrients to grow and produce a spiritually healthy believer.
As believers, we always need to remember to elevate the Lord and not our egos.
Psalm 25:9 (English Standard Version)
“He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.”
Psalm 34:2 (English Standard Version)
“My soul makes its boast in the LORD;let the humble hear and be glad.”
Our directed focus should always point to the Lord. Directed focus comes when we take our eyes off ourselves in holy humbleness look to the Lord as the true provider.