“… From Me is thy fruit found.” (Hosea 14:8)
Jesus told His disciples that they were simply branches in the Vine, and without Him they could do nothing. Paul believed this. He sought to take away, even from the saints, every boast for any good achieved. “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 1:30,31)
Proud Pharisees congratulate themselves for who they are and what they’ve done as opposed to other lesser sorts. (Lk. 18:11,12) Proud kings stand on the walls of their palace and glory in their accomplishments, until they are brought low and made to “praise and extol and honour the King of heaven” (Dan. 4:30,37)
If any good fruit is manifested in our lives, that others can eat and benefit from, it is not from us – it is of God who has grafted us into the Vine and through Christ who is our very life. God is all in all. It is enough that we are vessels of honor through whom Father, Son, and Holy Spirit can work.
Self-admiration, wanting man’s affirmation, comparing ourselves with others – these things don’t belong in the lives of those who live of, by, and for Another.
Leave to the judgment seat of Christ the success of your labor – all that matters is that He has been at work through you. And if He has, you will receive praise enough from the only One whose judgment matters.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20,21)