Month: January 2016

Self promotion

It’s interesting how we spend a lot of time and energy convincing others of our worth. It’s how we are promoted, hired for new jobs, and how companies acquire more sales.  It’s exactly what advertising is. Heck, even some first dates are probably landed through some self-promotion.

What’s more interesting is how God’s expectations are exactly the opposite. He asks us to do our good works in secret and not to shout it for everyone to know about. It’s okay to wave our torch and promote our skills and talents to shine at work. But when we do things for others, we should step out of that mindset and do it quietly. It’s okay to not always get a pat on the back. (I’m telling myself).

Jesus taught that there is a greater reward when we don’t ask for credit for good deeds. 

Matthew 6:1 “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do, blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. (NLT)

I hope that you are blessed today.

Heidi Cleaveland