God: The Explanation for the Effectual Work

I spoke to a new acquaintance about which church he attended. He responded with a big smile and identified the church not by its name, but by calling the name of its well-known pastor, then applauded his “world-wide impact.” But my experience of this pastor is that he would not hold himself up for applause, or identify himself as the explanation for the effectual work occurring through his ministry, but rather himself only as a vessel specially prepared and made useful by God in service to others. This will always be the mark of the work God is doing and of the worker he is using. Beware all others; they may be charlatans.

“There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning the Light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the Light; he came only as a witness to the Light. The true Light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” - John 1:6-9