Give Credit Where Credit Is Due!
There are many people that God will position in our lives to operate as helpers, but we must remember that no individual should ever be treated as our savior.
It's okay to be inspired, but to be inspired only to glorify man is not what God intended. Every relationship we have should challenge us not to please a person, but to draw nearer to Christ so that we may please him.
Too many times I hear men and women committing to change their lives to gain the approval of a person, when God should be the sole reason we decide to grow. Trust me when I say true change only comes with a commitment to Christ. In Ezekiel 36:22-38, God speaks of bringing awareness to his role as our savior. “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh"
(Ezekiel 36:25-26). Seeing this should be a reminder of how God is the one with the ability to transform us.
Consider Saul (later known as Paul) and his life transforming experience on the infamous road to Damascus. In Acts 9, Saul was changed by God and sent to Ananais for help. God told Ananais that Saul would be used to reach the Gentiles. Soon, Saul began to preach the gospel as a help to others. In no way, was Ananais or Saul ever given the opportunity to take credit for the change that took place in the lives of people around them. They were merely instruments used to draw men to God.
Remember there is only one savior with many helpers and his name is Jesus. He will use many people to foster change within us, but it is only through Christ that we are made new and whole.