The Bible warns us about receiving Glory on earth rather than in heaven. The New King James Version of the Bible states: Mathew 6:1, “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.
Even though we all know better, all of us are guilty in one way shape or form of bragging about something we did for someone. Why do we feel the need to receive the glory by other humans rather than our heavenly father? We want instant gratification. We want instant acknowledgment. If we could only understand that the prize in heaven is so much more rewarding then what we will ever receive here on earth, we would all be much more obscure in our actions that we do for others.
Charities and Foundations
Sometimes, however others will know what we are up to as it is a group project or something that can not be done without the involvement of others. Charities and or Foundations are set up to help others, and in this case of course it has to be advertised and accounted for to let everyone know that the monies raised are for the cause that it states. It is understandable in these examples as well as others that others will know the good work you are doing. I am talking more about personal accountability and or trying to take the credit for something you or someone else might have even had more to do with than yourself. We need to take a step back and really examine ourselves and just ask the question and give ourselves a gut check.
It goes beyond however just doing things for others in this day and time. With all the social media outlets and platforms we are constantly showing the world our every move. So many operate as if it’s not “real” if you don’t post it on social media. Nothing is left sacred by many these days. Every aspect of our life is posted, talked about, commented on, liked, or disliked. We are constantly looking to see how much interaction we received by the most basic posting. If we don’t receive the waterfall of comments, we become saddened. There is nothing wrong with getting human interaction and comments on your posts. The idea however that we give it too much space in our view of accreditation or self worth is the problem.
Social media in many ways has positive outcomes, but it’s when it becomes the end all be all and substitution for human interaction or family interaction is only one of the many downfalls. How many people can relate to the idea of sitting down to dinner or in your living room and everyone is IN THE SAME ROOM, and buried in their phones separately? No conversation going on at all amongst the group, only physically being present with each other. It is very disturbing to say the least.
The technological world understands that this is becoming an ever increasing problem and has apps or components of their products where you can limit screen time, etc… That is a start, but the overall mental health of a human needs real physical interaction. Covid-19 should have taught us all that. While the technology we have is a blessing in many ways and it allowed us to keep operating as a planet during the pandemic, we just all need to put it in perspective when it comes to us personally and cherish the time we have with our loved ones while we are all here still together. We are not guaranteed tomorrow and again, Covid has taught us that as well.
Let’s put things in perspective and share what is important, and not what isn’t. Grasp onto the concept of what we have to say is important and people will pay better attention when we do post rather than posting every single component of our lives. Let’s take that extra moment of consideration when we have a conversation or contemplate a post of, is this glory for me now or later. Do I want it here on earth or stay silent about it, keep it under my hat, and instead, here the Lord above tell me, “Good Job” at the pearly gates and receive my award in heaven. I say the later. Less is more in this case when it comes to shouting from the mountain tops our good works. What do you think?
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