Christians Who Don’t Amount to Much


This presidential election cycle has shown us how ego-driven human beings can be. Perhaps one can’t strive for elective office without incredible self-centeredness and raw ambition – few political leaders have been truly humble, and the one I voted for has dropped out of the race. But we don’t have to be in politics to struggle with pride. We’re all ego-driven. Especially me. While I strive to keep my self-centeredness on the back burner, I’m not sure I do very well at it. And I cannot do it at all without the Lord’s help. But He does help us and He does it by, among other things, giving us the perspective of His Word. One verse that has recently helped me is James 1:9 in the Living Bible:

A Christian who doesn’t amount to much in this world should be glad, for he is great in the Lord’s sight.

What a way of putting it! Our whole culture is geared toward “amounting to something.” And, of course, we should amount to something, but that something should be defined biblically. James wants us to know that possessions and popularity aren’t as important as we think. If we’re great in the Lord’s sight – great in faithfulness, character, humility, joy, peace, and good deeds – we’re truly great and eternally great, even if no one else notices.

4 thoughts on “Christians Who Don’t Amount to Much

    1. Well said Mike. From one very Anonymous Christian.. but as a complete stranger stopped me on my jog this morning and cried that he was a complete failure as a human being, I ministered the love of Christ to him. Anonymous indeed ..When I read the blog on anonymous I thought thank God I’m anonymous

  1. I picked up 100 Bible verses everyone should know by heart at the library last night. Who is this Robert Morgan I wondered. I started looking through the book and got so happy that it seemed normal and in large print that I had my daughter ordered it. Then I looked online for Robert J Morgan and found the quote Christians who don’t amount to much. I laughed out loud because that would sort of be me. But as a wife mother and grandmother I see and understand all the little uncommon ways that Christ uses my life. Nothing big nothing exciting but big in his kingdom. Thank you Robert J Morgan how I love memorizing scripture

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