“Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon. He let out the vineyard to keepers. Every one for the fruit of it was to bring a thousand pieces of silver. My vineyard, which is mine, is before me. You, O Solomon, will have the thousand and those who keep the fruit of it, two hundred.” vs11-12
We must give all glory to Jesus Christ. He alone is to be praised in salvation, for He is the fullness of God in a body, given all preeminence by the Father Himself, “for God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him (Col 1:19).” We cannot seek our own and prosper.
When the disciples went fishing and caught nothing, our Lord said, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat,’ He told them, and you’ll find some (John 21:6).” He doesn’t give us glory in saving sinners, unless we give Him all glory in the gospel. It is more than right words! We must have the right heart that glorifies Him sincerely. Paul said, “nor were we seeking glory from men, neither from you nor from others, even though we were able to be a burden to you as apostles of Christ (1 Thess 2:6).” True faith is not praising self; it is not vain and selfish ambition, like an athlete, so we can “look at me”. It is glorifying Christ sincerely, so that He may have the praise because He alone is worthy! He died for sins, “having made peace through the blood of his cross (Col 1:20).” He received us in the covenant, or we’d never be saved. He called us to believe and taught us when others perish, and He’s been faithful to us all these days of our sinfulness AFTER believing.
Brothers, Christ gets it all, and you’ll get yours in the process! She says, “You, O Solomon, will have the thousand and those who keep the fruit of it, two hundred.” You’ll get peace, when you stop exalting yourself. You’ll have joy, when it’s no longer about you. “Or do you think it’s without reason the Scripture says that the Spirit who lives in us yearns jealously? But He gives greater grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:5-6).” You’ll help people, when God sees from your heart that it’s what you want to do.
Often, we use spiritual things for carnal reasons! We preach for fame and applause, which is just as dirty as preaching for righteousness. We want to be seen because our flesh lusts against the Lord and honors self at His expense. We suffer because we’re trying to be great, rather than proclaiming His greatness by washing feet. He says, “If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.”
I read Paul again last night in Philemon, and I saw HOW LOW he went. He did the limbo with his soul – humbling himself, the grand Apostle – so that Philemon could be asked instead of commanded, so that love would rise up in Philemon because of Paul’s condescension, service, and sufferings, so that Onesimus could be free out of pity, rather than commandment. He said, “But I didn’t want to do anything without your consent, so that your good deed might not be out of obligation, but of your own free will (Philemon 14).” We think, “When I’m great, then I’ll be strong”, but we don’t realize that our strength is weakness. Strength is giving glory to the Lord by a lowly and submitted heart!