We’re very impressed with ourselves, aren’t we? We like to show off, to gloat, to heap praise on ourselves.
If we’re not satisfied with the amount of adulation we receive from others, we’ll just let them know about our accomplishments ourselves.
A simple post to our social media account or a group text message is all that’s necessary to get our exploits recognized.
It feels good to be recognized, right? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been frustrated when something that took a lot of time and a lot of effort on my part went unacknowledged.
But God sees everything we do, even when others don’t. And if your motive is pure, your Father in heaven will reward you.
Look what Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NLT) says about bragging. ‘This is what the Lord says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches.
But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
Later in 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 (NLT), the Apostle Paul does a beautiful job of summarizing Jeremiah’s words from the Old Testament.
‘As the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.” When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.’
Don’t rely on the admiration of men and women to guide your steps, but instead allow the Holy Spirit lead the way.