We live in a society where self-promotion is the norm—including within the Body of Christ. Unfortunately, many Christians miss the point that whatever we do should bring glory to God. We should be His representatives here on earth. A good representative should not draw attention to himself because they are only standing on behalf of the one being represented. Thus is the Christian’s mission.
Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.—John 14:10 (New King James)
Jesus, while on earth, constantly pointed back to the Father as the one He was representing and as the one doing the works. Now, it is common-place to draw attention to ourselves. Do not get me wrong, I understand that it is we who people see and hear. However, it is more important now than ever to make sure that there is no mistaking Who is working through us and enabling us to do what we are doing. Yes, let your light shine, but never stand in the way of God getting the glory or the thanks!
This is so important when we give! Everything we have comes from God—He is our source. Regardless of our family background, economic status, profession, or education…it is The Lord who has given to us first. It is He who deserves all the honor, glory and praise! So, whatever we have to give came from Him. As the old hymn goes: “Praise God from whom all Blessings flow…”;
For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.—2 Corinthians 9:10 (NLT)
Our giving, whether monetary, material or whatever, should always be in obedience to God’s Word and to bring glory to God. Any expectation of a return or harvest from the seed we sow should be from God and not from those we give to. It God who gives us the ability to give and then blesses our giving—all the while providing for the need of the recipient. Wow!
Therefore, as Christ’s ambassadors here on earth, we should be living, breathing examples of the love of God everywhere we are. Giving is just one way to show people who God loves them and is still reaching out to them. Of course they will see us, but if this is done right, they will see God in us and give Him the glory and thanksgiving.
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