Sadly many Christians are looking for recognition from people rather than doing things for the joy of pleasing God.
Self-promotion is the way of the world and social media offers everyone a place to seek recognition. But Proverbs 27:2, explains, “Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.”
Jesus warned of seeking our own recognition saying, “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:1).
It’s vital for each one of us to examine our motives in reaching out to others, whether we're doing it to be seen and recognized by others, or if we are doing it to serve and please God.
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full" (Matthew 6:2).
8. Cultivating Competitiveness
Unfortunately many Christians are competing with others including their spouses, siblings, co-workers, neighbors, and more. But actively seeking to prove superiority over others leads to sinfulness (James 3:16).
King Saul was competitive with David, fearful of the people loving him more. In hearing a song being sung about David, 1 Samuel 18:8 explains, “Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. ‘They have credited David with tens of thousands,’ he though, 'but with me only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?'"’
Tragically King Saul’s competitiveness led him to seek David’s life. As Ecclesiastes 4:4 explains, “And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”
Rather than competing with each other, God calls us to love one another. “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10).
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