It is the season of award shows. Actors and musicians anxiously wait for their name to be called as being chosen to be the best and move forward to center stage to give their acceptance speeches. Some use the time to promote their platforms or causes. Others give glory to God.
Social media is a place where “regular” people post their successes and accomplishments, not only announcing to the world, but posting pictures and accruing likes and comments. Most of the time, they begin with, “I normally don’t post things like this about myself…” or, “What an honor…”
We live in a mostly thankless world. We work hard and are rarely praised for what we do. We are taken for granted. Sometimes, things are just so miserable that if we don’t let others know our accomplishments, no one will do it for us.
Being the wife of a pastor, I am privileged to see many things that others do that most never know about. They give and they do, all in secret. They don’t even think about doing it for praise or recognition – that part does not even enter their minds!
While reading in the book of Proverbs this morning, my thoughts were turned to this topic. Needing honor keeps our motives at an earthly level.
Proverbs 25:6-7, 27
Don’t work yourself into the spotlight;
don’t push your way into the place of prominence.
It’s better to be promoted to a place of honor
than face humiliation by being demoted.
It is not good to eat much honey,
nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.
Don’t praise yourself; let others do it!
Pride lays people low,
but those of humble spirit gain honor.
If you have been foolish, exalting yourself,
put your hand on your mouth.
2 Corinthians 10:12, 18
We won’t dare to place ourselves in the same league or to compare ourselves with some of those who are promoting themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they have no understanding.
For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.
So while some of us may struggle with this on occasion, let’s work on focusing on the end results, pleasing our Father in heaven!