KEY SCRIPTURE: John 7:18 KJV “He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.”
The above key scripture has a lot of answers to gives us.
1. It answers the question; who is a true minister of God?
The man who seeks the glory of God, who sent Him is a true servant of God.
2. It further answers the question who is a false minister? The false minister is the one, who speaks of himself.
This aspect goes more deeper than just speaking of oneself, but more about the motive for which one does what He does. The way one approaches testimonies may seem he is giving glory to God, yet deep down the heart of the man he is showing how good or powerful he is. All these is self-glory. It makes one seriously miss the mark.
The Lord says such a person is not a true servant of God.
Dear ministers, may we be very careful not to miss our reward or even access into the kingdom of God at the end of the day.
3. The verse also answers the question, who has no unrighteousness in him?
The man who continually seeks God’s glory has no unrighteousness in him.
This implies anyone who seeks self-glory is full of unrighteousness! MERCY!
Let us take a closer look at this issue of seeking self-glory. This is a very subtle means of the devil to rob the servant of God off so much blessings.
The bases of self-glory is pride.
It is an inner longing for recognition, appreciation and reward. These three corrupted virtues become the foundation or motivation for whatever such a person does. It may lead him to exaggerate about events that never occurred. He may even say exactly what happened, but deep down within him, he is saying, ‘don’t you see I am a great man of God’. This is the quest for recognition and appreciation coming to play over here.
The aspect for rewards, is normally seen in building up offence in that man. He may easily complain. “These people are ungrateful and they seem not to notice all the sacrifice, I have been making.”
(Note: This does not mean it is wrong to instruct the people of God to appreciate the gift of God, it is all about the motive Ph 4:17)
The motivation for rewards can cause the man to be very manipulative in order to obtain some benefits from the people.
The way out of such a nasty Web is to closely observe the ways and attitudes of our master Jesus. Philip 2:5 -7 reads, “let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Who being in the form of God taught it not robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of not reputation and took upon Him, the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men”? The Lord gave no place to recognition, appreciation and rewards, by putting down His reputation and glory as God and became a servant or a slave. As a slave he has no grounds to demand reward.
The truth is that, God makes things functions in such a way that, true servants or those who really give acceptable services cannot be ignored.
They would surely be rewarded. Stop getting offended and complaining, keep serving in the name of the Lord, and He would reward you. Luke 10:17, 1 Tim 5:18
Please note also that, every ability you have was not self-made. You received it from the Lord. Let the glory go back to Him. Let your joy be that His name is continually glorified through you.
THOUGHT: KICK OUT EVERY SELF GLORY, AND PROJECT THE CHRIST GLORY.
WE ARE NOTHING WITHOUT HIM, THIS IS WHY WE SHOULD NEVER BE PROUD
John 3:27 KJV” John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.”
1 Ch 29:11 KJV” Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.”