Philippians 2:5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very naturea God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very natureb of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to deathâ€”even death on a cross!
Do we make ourselves nothing as Christians?Â I have been working to remove idols from my life this month. And there are many. A person handed me In His Steps when I was young, sharing the challenge of asking, “What would Jesus Do?”,Â in all aspects ofÂ our lives. I read it, attempted to ask “what would Jesus do”, and fizzled out very quickly. Why? Because, doing what Jesus would do, does not include being the center of praise. I seek the comfort of worthiness in man’s eyes, not God’s pleasure.This is an idol. I worship at the feet of human praise.
Everything in this world points towards praising the individual. It is an accepted practice–even by the church. When we applaud or give standing ovations to the work of our musicians, our pastor and ourselves are we giving God the glory? Please hear me, I am simply asking our motivation. The answer is between you and your maker. We have shows boldly calling themselves “American Idol”. IdolÂ is not a bad word on our lips, it is someone with gifts and talents to admire.Â And someÂ evenÂ acknowledge God for their talents, but it isn’t GodÂ we admire on that stage.
When you read my writing does God take center stage, or do I?Â I want his mighty works to beÂ what you see.Â “When you see a great Picasso, da Vinci orÂ Rembrandt.Â Do you ever sing the praisesÂ of their brush. It’s the master of the masterpiece who deserves the praise. Not the paint they use-blue, green, or blush. So don’t praise me if I do something wonderful . . .” (From the movie In His Steps)
Do we find ourselves needing praise to do a good job, or are we doing each aspect of our life to the glory of God? Taking on the very nature of a servant. Guaranteed we’ll be called “Jesus Freaks”, but there are worse things I could be called–such as an idol.