By: Mandy Hill
“When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—’playactors’ I call them— treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.” (Matthew 6:2-4)
May I start by asking a simple question today; How is your relationship with God?
Is your relationship with God a priority?!
Is your relationship with God something you put effort into?!
Are you actively seeking ways to serve Him, and grow Your faith?!
These are important questions to ask yourself, often. My answers are likely much different than your answers because we are all in different places. How can we better gauge our answers?
1. Know Him on a personal level.
What’s SO important to remember is simply growing in Him; your way. Don’t look around at this one or that one, and wish for their life. Don’t wish for their relationship with God. Don’t wish for their faith. No, focus on growing your own relationship with God. Truly focus on seeking Him daily and getting to know Him as ‘your’ own personal God.
2. Focus on our own journey.
Facebook can be great for a lot of things, but it can also be detrimental in many ways. Generally, (myself included), people post the ‘best of’ in statuses, photos, and the like. But, it’s crucial to remember that no matter how super-spiritual, or how active, or how great a parent/spouse etc someone may seem; we are all human beings. While I wouldn’t advise airing your ‘dirty laundry’ out in statuses, photos and the like, it’s important to remain authentic. Wisdom is knowing that there is much more to what people share, and learning not to feel challenged by someone else’s greatest moments; rather seeking to attain your own.
3. Show and receive grace.
It’s also important to lend grace when someone shows a side of ‘their’ authenticity that you are uncomfortable with. They’re in a different place in their relationship with God than you are, remember?! In the same way, you may need some grace of your own someday; receive it. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But [we] are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24)
4. Bless and serve without expectation of accolades.
“Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded! By what principle? Of works? No, but by the principle of faith!” (Romans 3:27) Friends, it’s time that we stop trying to earn our faith, and simply seek it for ourselves. Stop serving others for attention; bless someone without the expectation of gratification or accolades. Just bless because you are able. Let the act of blessing increase your faith.
Let me pray for us.
Jesus, thank You for Your amazing gift of grace. Thank You for sacrificing Your life for us so that we can have freedom to serve and bless others from the outpouring of Your abundance of Love. Jesus, we ask that You will increase and deepen our faith in You. Please show us when we are veering away from our focus on You, and seeking the ‘ideal’ of others relationship with You. We seek the love story you have written for us personally. In Jesus name, amen.