While I was a deacon at a church early in my
ministry, my daughter Jessica asked me, “Dad, are we
famous?” To which I replied, “No, Jessica, we’re not
famous.” She thought for a moment and then said rather
indignantly, “Well, we would be if more people knew about
Poor Jessica! Only 7 years old and already struggling with
what many of us struggle with throughout life: Who
recognizes us, and are we getting the recognition we think
Our desire for recognition wouldn’t be such a problem if
it didn’t tend to replace Jesus as the focus of our
attention. But being absorbed with ourselves crowds Him
out of the picture.
Life cannot be all about us and all about Jesus at the
same time. This makes Paul’s statement that he counted
“everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of
knowing Christ” (Phil. 3:8 esv) strategically important.
Faced with a choice between himself and Jesus, Paul
intentionally discarded the things that would draw
attention to himself so he could concentrate on knowing
and experiencing Jesus (vv.7-8,10).
For us, the decision is the same. Will we live to draw
attention to ourselves? Or will we focus on the privilege
of knowing and experiencing Jesus more intimately?
Lord, thank You for reminding me of the
value of knowing You more intimately.
Help me to keep myself out of the way as
I pursue a deeper walk with You.
Do our choices bring honor to God or to us?