Self-glory

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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).”

I will list the tips below. Should you have interest in the full articles, they can be found by clicking here – 5 Signs You Glorify Self and Part 2 – 5 More Signs You Glorify Self.

“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:

6. Care too little about what people think about you. 
7. Resist facing and admitting your sins, weaknesses, and failures. 
8. Struggle with the blessings of others.
9. Be more position oriented than submission oriented. 10. Control ministry rather than delegate ministry. 

*Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author and conference speaker. He is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and works to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. 

In these two articles, Paul Tripp describes his own personal grief and remorse of falling into self-glory at some time in his ministry. I pray that you will join me in taking the time to read and ask God for His wisdom, humility, and on-going help in decreasing so He would increase in our lives so that others might see, value, and treasure our God. Paul said it like this, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20).

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.” 1 Chronicles 29:11

Why is this important? Just as God gave John the Baptist his assignment, He has given us ours…we are His ambassadors, not our own!

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To know Jesus as Lord and Savior

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14 thoughts on “Self-glory

  1. I like how you included both 3 and 4, both 5 and 6, as extremes of a balance. 8 was also really good and a point of struggle for me; fortunately, I’ve tried to be aware of it and keep surrendering it to God. He’s tested me this last year by removing me from a ministry position at church (through no fault of my own) and blocking me from a couple others. I keep my mouth shut. As long as God is glorified, what does it all matter?

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    1. Hallelujah!!! First, let me say that God wrote the signs through Paul Tripp…Praise the Name of the Lord! BUT oh my goodness, they are spot on! It’s all about God’s glory and not our own! Surely, I am not God but He must be pleased with your humble submission to His will! Tests are for a purpose, right!?! God’s glory, your/others benefit, and preparation. Stay in faith…God is always at work in the world and our lives. I could run you the list but you probably already know it…don’t be surprised when He shows up in a burning bush! 🙂 Bless ya in the Name of Jesus!

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    1. Philippians 2, Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

      5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

      6 Who, being in very nature God,
      did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
      7 rather, he made himself nothing
      by taking the very nature of a servant,
      being made in human likeness.
      8 And being found in appearance as a man,
      he humbled himself
      by becoming obedient to death—
      even death on a cross!
      Blessed, Spirit-filled New Year to you and your family!

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      1. Absolutely beautiful Scripture that is encouraging, comforting, and strengthening! He is the Awesome and Mighty God! Be blessed this day…thanks much for your always encouragement in the Lord, may He continue to bless you, your family, and the ministry He has called you to!

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