The Secrets of God’s Glory
Acts 12:22. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.
Acts 12:23. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him because he gave not God the glory, and he was eaten of worms and gave up the ghost.
When you celebrate your achievements, you tell the whole world that you are happy with yourself and with the outcome of your efforts. Most importantly you tell them about how good the Lord has been to you.
However, we often hear the sad news about famous people after they enter into stardom. We can make a tall list of great men in sports, academia, politics, media etc. who faced serious problems after achieving the great feat.
The wrong handling of their success led them into alcoholism, drug abuse and various vices. Some are still battling with cocaine addiction and others have seen their untimely deaths.
Anybody who tastes success in any field can be trapped into these misfortunes at any moment of time if not careful. Being cast in the spotlight can be dangerous.
Is it then alright to celebrate when we have excelled in our education? The answer is YES! When you experience success, celebrate.
But it is important not to go too far in the celebration. It is important as a child of God to first and foremost acknowledge that it is by the grace of God that you were successful.
Give Him the glory. Sincerely know that without Him you could not have been successful. Go to church and join believers in lifting up an anthem of praise to Him. It is also important to share the success.
Show gratitude to people who cheered you on and supported you, especially your parents. Be sure to thank them for all of their efforts.
It is not wrong to say a few positive words about yourself and your accomplishment. Reward yourself with things you enjoy. Be proud of your accomplishments. But be careful your success does not get into your head.
That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God (Ecclesiastes 3:13).