I officially graduated high school yesterday.
Yay, right? I mean, how many times through the years did I think, “I wish I could just be done!” 😂
It is true that I have come to a great milestone in my life. But the thing is, I am not the one who deserves credit for making it to this place. I am not the one who merits glory on this occasion.
I was reading in John a couple days ago about Jesus Christ being tried before Pilate. Something Jesus stated really stood out to me. Pilate had asked him, “Whence art thou?” and when Jesus didn’t answer him, he haughtily declares, “Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?”
Then Jesus tells him, “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above…”
That’s right. Pilate thought he had all this power, that he could do whatever he wanted with Jesus.
But that wasn’t true. He didn’t have any power on his own. Nothing but what was allowed him by God.
And that is true for us too. We think we have accomplished great things, but who gave us the strength to get through? Who keeps our hearts beating every single day? Who wakes us up every morning? And who gave us life in the first place?
So let us give all the glory to the One who really deserves it: our Lord and our God.
“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…” Galatians 6:14