Dual Motives?

Perhaps I have a strain of cynicism or I just know something of human nature (including my own). Perhaps it's both. I wonder about things. I recently wondered about preachers, teachers, singers, etc. Why do we engage in these activities? Doing our duty? People expecting us to do certain things in churches, conferences, parachurch ministries, etc? Recognition? Pastors often are complimented on their messages (sometimes sincerely; sometimes not). Singers are often applauded and/or raved about. Bible teachers may sell a lot of CD's and/or books. A preacher can be eloquent and feel pretty good about it, if it seems to resonate. A Bible teacher can feel good about his store of Scriptural knowledge. A singer can sometimes even generate a standing ovation. What is the real reason why people do what they do? Are we performers, professors, actors, scholars or are we ministering? With Satan ever handy to give us a pat on the back, if it will prompt pride, we need to be on guard. Consider I Corinthians 4:7. It asks, "For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?" One of the basic human drives is the desire for recognition. If we are truly ministering, the only approval that matters is His "well done!" Sincere appreciation can encourage us and that is worthwhile. Nevertheless, any glory must be His! Selah! Real joy comes when our desires are the same as the one who said, "He must increase, but I must decrease" (John 3:30). What a wonder that God uses us! Give Him the glory!!       Ron


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