shutting up and listening: part two

[don’t miss part one!]

Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. —Matthew 6:1, ESV

I have this desire to be used by God. I think that’s common for most of us – we spend most of our lives searching for purpose even though we barely know how to define it. I want to dedicate my life to something flashy or sign a check to an organization that is booming progressive movements. I’m burdened with this desire every day. But I keep on coming back to ponder these words: To know someone else is to shut up and listen. 

This has made me wonder if this undercurring desire to be used is an inward desire, in actuality, to be glorified.

This is where I don’t want you to get me wrong — I should continue doing the things that I believe are good things that bring more peace to this world and more authentic revival to our everyday lives. But if I’m doing something to be seen by men, my only reward is in them seeing what I’ve done. This leaves me empty and searching for bigger, shinier things and not the hard and silent ones He often leads us to. But when we sincerely serve God, it doesn’t matter whether we work from home or everyone knows our name, because all that matters is how well we are glorifying God with our lives.

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” – Genesis 12:1-4, ESV

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