MAKING YOUR NAME GREAT OR OUR LORD’S
And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not… —Jeremiah 45:5
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. —Psalm 24:1-2
He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah —Psalm 24:5-6
Who are you? Where does your significance come from? What do you value? Where are you going in life? Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? What is your focus? What or Who are you seeking?
Are you seeking great things for yourself? Do you get your value from your work? From your family? From your friends? From sports? From accomplishments? From reputation? From recognition? These are not to be sought after as first priority!
Our first priority is to seek the Lord! He is the Creator of all. This world and all creation are His and we are part of that creation. We are His! For those of us who recognize this, we are blessed and He has given us His salvation, His righteousness (Acts 4:12; Romans 10:13; II Corinthians 5:21). Our significance comes from knowing Him! Praise His Holy Name!
Instead of seeking great things for yourself, you should be seeking after God. He is to be your first priority. We are to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Jesus said that “This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38). Is He your first priority? Or… are you, someone else or something else taking the place that only our Lord is to have? What to be blessed? Then seek to love God first. Then love others. What to be blessed? Then stop being selfish and wanting to be served and be other(ish) and serve others for His glory… without having to be recognized by anyone but Him. The Apostle Paul said, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10). We are to be God-pleasers, not man pleasers and it all comes down to the motivation for our serving. Are we looking to do great things for ourselves? Or, are we looking to do great things for His Great Name? Oh, Dear Father, may we be serving to lift up Your Great Name and not our own. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus. So may it be all for Your Honor and glory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U96FiyZZ23o