On December 22, we blogged “A voice of one calling” in which God encouraged us to be His voice in this dark world during this CHRISTmas season.
The Lord inspired Pete to comment, “Oh. that we could all be more like John. Not only as one who calls in the wilderness of this culture today, but as one who will say I must decrease and He must increase! Lord Jesus, help me to witness this CHRISTmas!”
Pete’s comment came to my mind and heart as I was reading my Bible study Scriptures and notes this morning. John 8:54a, Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing (John 8:54).”
Since this was true for Jesus, how much more so for man!?! The Lord knows man’s struggle with self-glory and I praise Him for giving us such an example as John the Baptist. We see this example in John 3:26-30:
“So John’s disciples came to him and said, “Rabbi, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan River, the one you identified as the Messiah, is also baptizing people. And everybody is going to him instead of coming to us.”
John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven. You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.’ It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the bridegroom’s friend is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” John 3:26-30
The Omniscient God knew that John the Baptist could be trusted with the assignment of calling others to Jesus instead of himself. John’s statement reveals that he had no desire for his own glory. His heart desire was for others to know Jesus and John did not feel one bit slighted that the people were not coming to him. He just wanted them to get to Jesus!
Self-glory is a trap of the enemy and many of God’s leaders walk right into it. Sometimes without even realizing that it has occurred for it is one of those “humanity” things. Remember that the desire for self-glory is what got Eve into trouble when the enemy made her this same grand offer. Genesis 3:1-7.
Paul Tripp* gives some tips to help us recognize this issue within ourselves. I would suggest that these tips are for anyone who is a leader within God’s Kingdom, not just pastors/ministers. In fact, I believe that there is something to be gleamed from these articles for every believer. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).”
“It is important to recognize the harvest of self-glory in you and in your ministry. May God use this list to give you diagnostic wisdom. May He use it to expose your heart and to redirect your ministry.” ~ Paul Tripp
Self-glory will cause you to:
1. Parade in public what should be kept in private.
2. Be way too self-referencing.
3. Talk when you should be quiet.
4. Be quiet when you should speak.
5. Care too much about what people think about you.
Part 2 – 5 More Signs You Glorify Self by Paul Tripp: