As people who are trying to please and glorify God in what we do for Christ’s sake, it’s very easy for us to get caught up in the trap of putting ourselves before God in the sense of drawing attention to ourselves.
In many cases, we’re doing things for God while our whole intent is based on trying to impress others with our performance. The truth is that God is completely taken out of the picture with this kind of mindset since it becomes all about us trying to get people’s attention.
In all honesty, it’s something that I’m guilty of and struggling with as someone who’s playing piano in my church. In many instances, I’ve found myself completely disconnected with God due to the fact that my mind and heart are not set on Him.
Instead, I’ve found myself much more concerned about how my performance will be perceived by others. When service is over, I’m expecting some people to come and congratulate me.
Nevertheless, one thing that I’ve learned is that glorifying God has nothing to do with being concerned about how others will react in response to what I’ve done for God, it’s based entirely on how God sees me in the light of which priority that I give Him.
The bottom line is that we’ll never be able to satisfy everyone no matter how hard we may try. Our objective should be aimed at making sure that God is the One who gets pleased and glorified by setting both our minds and hearts on Him, then after that God will use our performance and make it become a blessing to others.
Let’s take a look at Jesus own perspective with respect to glorifying God.
Jesus replied, “If I glorify Myself, My glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the One who glorifies Me (John 8:54).
Glorifying God is based solely on humility. In other words, it’s based on us taking ourselves out of the way by allowing God to have His ways in us.
We are God’s instrument; therefore, our job is to allow God to use us however He sees fit for His own glory.
When we do that, it becomes all about what God can do through us instead of us doing things within our own human ability for the sake of impressing people.
See the consequences of disobedience.