Week beginning: 8th November, 2015
By Timothy Laurence | London
"We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. ... But, "Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord." For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends."2 Cor 10:12, 17-18 (NIV 2011)
Commendation counts for lawyers. The profession has developed sophisticated ways of commending itself and individuals within it. But it's as dangerous as it is easy to become drawn into an economy of mutual self-congratulation.
Our professional responsibility is to serve our client well, not to pursue the congratulation offered by the profession. And ultimately, our duty is to serve the Lord Christ whose servants we are.
Let's ask ourselves which future commendation is really driving our actions today, and perhaps reprioritise accordingly. If that leaves us missing out on some chance for boasting, we can remember that as servants of Christ we have more than enough to boast about already!
Ask God to show you where you might need to reprioritise your thoughts and actions today, and seek His guidance as to how to do this.
Give thanks for those you work with or study alongside and ask for opportunities to encourage them as you serve others for Christ.