by: Clayton King
I truly believe that one of the defining marks of a mature follower of Jesus Christ is their willingness, or more particularly their EAGERNESS, to celebrate the victories, successes, and milestones in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
It seems like the internet, blogs, Twitter, and Facebook have helped create a culture of critics and cynics who say things about people behind a computer screen that they would never say face to face to a fellow believer. This has added to a culture that automatically assumes the worst about people rather than giving them the benefit of the doubt. So perhaps it is more difficult today to celebrate when God blesses someone else; their finances, their church, their ministry...you get the idea.
This is, however, NOT AN EXCUSE. A mature Christian who loves Christ and finds their identity in Jesus is THE FIRST to champion someone else who is honoring Christ. They should be THE FIRST to offer thanks to God on behalf of the goodness of God poured out on others. I want to beat everyone to the punch; when a friend or colleague in ministry sees a goal met, casts a vision, has a banner Sunday, a big baptism, or a tremendous response to a message or a series or an initiative, I want to jump up and down and shout at the top of my lungs to praise GOD for HIS work in them.
It is a sign of my own insecurity, envy, jealousy, or immaturity if I am not willing and eager to rejoice when God moves mightily in some other person, church, or ministry. And perhaps...God will not be able to bless me and my efforts, because of my pride, until I am willing to humble myself, admitting that it is GOD who gives the increase.
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