"This is what the Lord says: 'Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love...'" Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NLT)
How do I say this without boasting? (Lol). When I was a freshman in high school, I was considered an excellent soccer player and many people were talking about my soccer future. The problem is, they didn't have to talk much on my behalf because I sadly took care of that all by myself. My arrogance and bragging became so bad, that one day my friends decided to teach me a lesson, and put sports cream in my underwear. They laughed, and I cried since the burning did not go away for some time. When I asked them why they did it, my good friend told me straight up, "James, your head has gotten a little too big, and we are tired of hearing about how good you are." I felt ashamed, and I asked everyone that day to forgive me.
Like many, I was guilty of self-worship. No one likes people who parade themselves as the best and greatest. The truth is, we can't handle the praise and worship of other men or even ourselves. Unchecked, It gets to our heads and our hearts. We begin to think more of ourselves than what is true. Just look at Hollywood and what happens to people who are idolized. The news is filled with stories of people who can't handle the pressures of fame and the worship of their fans.
We were created to worship - not be worshiped. That right is reserved for God and Him alone! Next time you feel the urge to worship yourself, worship the one who can handle it and deserves it. Only He is worthy. And If we are going to boast about anything, let it be that we are His and He loves us perfectly.