Have you ever been tempted to give yourself the glory for something you did, instead of giving God the glory?
Let’s play out a scenario here… You’ve just finished doing something awesome for the Lord. Maybe it was lead a Bible study at your church, plan an outreach event for your church that brought in many people, or even led a group of people on a mission trip. Whatever it was, it was a HUGE success! Everyone is saying what a great job you did. The pastor makes you stand up in front of everyone while they applaud you. “Great job! You are awesome!” Everyone rises to their feet and gives praise to you for a job well done. And you love it! You love the attention. You love that people are giving you credit for all the hard work you did. You deserve it for sure. Doing this thing that God called you to do wasn’t easy. Thankfully others recognize that and are giving you praise!
What is wrong with this picture? Some of you may say nothing. It’s okay to be recognized. And you are right. There is nothing wrong with being recognized. The problem comes when we are taking the credit for what God has done. The problem is when our hearts are in it for the wrong reasons. The problem is when we do what God calls us to do for selfish reasons and not for what God wants us to do. The problem is when we boast of what we have done. It is NOT right to take credit when all the glory needs to go to God. God gave you some great gifts in order to do the thing which He called you to do. God is using those gifts for His purposes and not yours. You are God’s vessel. You are being used by God to to share His name with others. God is using you, yes, but for what He wants and NOT for what you want.