Let Another Praise Thee
Sunday, September 10, 2006
TEXT: Proverbs 27:2, Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
HUMOR: Ronald Reagan recalled an occasion when he was governor of California and made a speech in Mexico City: "After I had finished speaking, I sat down to rather unenthusiastic applause, and I was a little embarrassed. The speaker who followed me spoke in Spanish -- which I didn't understand -- and he was being applauded about every paragraph. To hide my embarrassment, I started clapping before everyone else and longer than anyone else until our ambassador leaned over and said, 'I wouldn't do that if I were you. He's interpreting your speech.'"1
INTRODUCTION: This morning I want to talk to you about something I believe to be one of the most important subjects in the Christian life, something that can either make a tremendous impact on our lives for good, or can become one of the greatest hindrances to God's blessings and approval. It is this: How we view or perceive ourselves—and how we project ourselves to other people. Are we all about self-promotion and aggrandizement—seeking accolades and the "pat on the back, or are we humble people, seeking only the welfare of others and the approval of God.
I. A Proud Look
II. An Honest Look
III. A Humble Look
I. A PROUD LOOK
Proverbs 30:13 says, There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up."
ILLUS: For the last 45 years, Richard Blackwell, an opinionated fashion critic, has been issuing his annual Worst Dressed List, featuring his pick of the top ten worst dressed people in the entertainment industry.
To be sure, it's a humbling experience for those who, in their opinion, thought they were the best dressed, but found instead, they were on the bottom of the barrel.
Galatians 6:3, states: For if a man think himself to be something, when he is ...
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