How many times do we do praise worthy and good deeds without taking pleasure in the accolades that follow?
As I write this, I also struggle with giving God the glory when I know I should.
Recently, the award winning gospel singer, Rachel Kerr had a concert in my church and I noticed that before every song, she would take time to say: “If there’s anything worthy of praise or admiration and applause in the performance, all the glory and praise belongs to God”. I remember watching her and thinking oh, how cute!
And then I begin to realize in my own life, how I have become so self motivated and driven that sometimes even when I do things that God has asked me to do, my heart still gets puffed up in pride when I get admired for it.
Why do we do the things we do? When we do good works, give to someone in need, offer to assist someone, volunteer at a charity or at church, or even write a Christian blog post, the question is; to what end?
Who do you really want to impress?
Remember that bible text says… “That they may…. glorify your father in heaven.”
In other words, every praiseworthy, good, noble and admirable thing we do is for the glory of God. Our ultimate goal and ambition is to draw attention to the father who made us and gave us those marvelous gifts.
1 Peter 4:11 (NTB)
Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with allthe strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
I’m a work in progress. I’m not there yet. I’m living everyday and taking every step by grace. And I will love you to come on this journey with me.
The more we study God’s word and devote ourselves to spending time with him, he will transform us and change us from the inside out until we become who he wants us to be.