“We are not again commending ourselves to you but are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you” (2 Corinthians 5:12-13).
We are to be encouraged by those who are doing the work for the Lord in a public way. They are worthy of honor. The world seeks what it will from others. We are called into a partnership, understanding that everything belongs to the Lord. We should not commend ourselves to one another, but we should uplift and encourage all whom we meet to live for the Lord.
Holy Spirit, open my eyes and heart to see more clearly the reality of all that You are doing through me and those around me. Help me see that I am not under obligation, but in a partnership with those around me. Lead me in the truth You have revealed that I may be guided by You and what You know needs to be done. Help me to learn to honor those who should be honored.
Lord Jesus, You have shown us the way. You, through whom all things have their being, humbled Yourself and did not bring compulsion upon any of us. Lead me in Your example of inviting me in to be Your friend that I may befriend those around me and be an example of Your work in this world. Teach me what I need to know that I may abide in You and You in me always. Amen.