Why do you do what you do? Do you do it to be seen? For the accolades? To put yourself on a pedestal? I think we all know a person like that. They go the extra mile so they can gloat and receive high praise. They make certain comments and “come up with ideas” to make themselves seem oh so brilliant. To be honest though, sometimes we can be that person. Even if you’re not a glory-hog, aren’t there times when you want to be recognized?
There is nothing wrong with people recognizing you for something you have done IF your motives are pure and IF you are giving that glory to God. Our ability, strength, ideas, perseverance, it all comes from the Most High. It is because of Him that we can do what we do. He enables and elevates us not so that we can wear the yes-I-did-all-this-and-I-know-it-all-too crown of glory but so we can tell others how God took us and (by His grace and mercy!) brought us to another place, a I’m-not-who-I-used-to-be place.
Shouting His praises and giving Him glory allows others to see the kind of God He is. They get curious and want to try Him for themselves. It draws them closer.
All we do must be done to honor our Heavenly Father. As we act from a place of meekness and humility, we allow the King to do more in us and through us for others. If you truly want to serve Him, stop thinking about how He’ll make you look. Do it to show others how He looks.
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Philippians 2:3-4 (AMP) Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Philippians 2:3-4 (KJV) Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.