2 Corinthians 10: Glory to God
I think there are times where we all feel underappreciated, and the ways we generally overcome that feeling is to promote ourselves. If somebody doesn’t notice that really nice thing we did for another person, we might mention what happened casually to get other people to realize that we have done. 2 Corinthians 10 urges us to consider something different.
2Co 10:17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
2Co 10:18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
If God is pleased with us, we are approved. If we are only pleased with ourselves, that really does not mean very much. It really then becomes a matter of perspective. Why are we here, and why do we do what we do?
Paul is pointing out here that everything we do should bring glory to God. We don’t work hard to bring glory to ourselves. We don’t work hard to make money. We don’t work hard to make political gains. We should work hard because we want to bring glory to God. That really is the purpose of life.
Admittedly, this is really hard to do. I know that we all want glory. I think that we all want people to recognize when we do a good job, and I don’t think it is wrong when other people realize and recognize what we are doing. The difference is when we are actively trying to bring glory to ourselves.
Again, it is an issue of our motivation. If we are doing what we do because we are trying to glorify God through it and other people happen to notice and tell us we’re doing a great job, that’s awesome. If we are doing what we do simply to bring glory to ourselves, our perspective needs a little bit of changing.