…Not For The Applause Of Men

Almost everywhere I turn… Instagram, Facebook, etc. There is such a grapple for fame and applause.

Everyone wants to be seen as doing something for God. As walking in purpose.
“I” am doing this and I am doing that.
There’s just such a slap on your face when you get into social media and sadly this push to do one thing or the other has crept into the Christian fold.

 

Now, if you are not walking in purpose/your purpose is not outwardly manifesting like others are, you are deemed to be a failure. Worse, you yourself deem yourself to be a failure (we will talk about outwardly manifesting purpose soon).

Last year I got a “I am proud of you” from my Pastor and I rushed to screenshot it and put it up as my DP.
God began to show me the motive behind what I did… still inside me there was the people pleaser syndrome functioning full time.
I was still bound to the applause of men.
The me inside me was still looking for approval from men.

 

You know, sometimes we don’t know why we do the things we do till God reveals your heart to you.

You are like: I have to share on social media as social proof and God is like:

All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord .
Proverbs 16:2 NIV

This is not to say that sharing what you do on Instagram is bad but we are dealing with the heart and motives here.

 

I won’t claim that I have been cured of the need to be applauded by men as it even reared it’s head up yesterday but now I pray a prayer:

Lord kill that in me that wants recognition.

Do we really know what the need for recognition is?
It means that we want to take God’s glory and thats something God will NEVER allow.
A requirement for walking in God’s purpose for our lives is the fact that we do not want to even be seen on the scene.
We shrink from even having anything to do with the amazing stuff that God did through us as vessels.

 

And so we share testimonials from programmes we organize..
We rush to share words of praise from someone we counseled…
We rush to share pictures of us speaking at a pulpit..
We rush to share pictures of everyone slain in the Spirit while we spoke…

But wait… ask yourself: what is the motive behind my wanting to share what I just shared?

Is it really to give God all the praise for what He is doing?
Is it to show God or show me?

Forget about the fact that we slap God’s name in at the end..

He tests the motives. . The heart. Where it really matters.

 

I pray everytime I feel the familiar tug for approval arise in me….

Lord kill that thing in me that wants recognition.
Kill that thing in me that wants to be known.
Kill it.
Kill it.
Kill it.

 

We should all pray that prayer sincerely because our human frame is so frail.

We must continually make sure that both with our actions and hearts, as we walk in God’s purpose for our lives, WE REALLY WANT HIM TO TAKE ALL THE GLORY.

That in our heart right where it matters, we aren’t working for the applause of men but for the applause of God.

 

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15

 

God help us all in our race for Him. So we can indeed hear “welldone” on the last day in Jesus name.. amen

 

Have a blessed week ahead,
Love,
Frances

 

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Hi there! I’m Frances Okoro. Lawyer, Author, Speaker and Social Entrepreneur who uses her gift of writing on here to draw lives to Jesus.
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6 Comments

  1. God weighs our heart motives and whether our works/actions will pass through the fire depends on the intents of our hearts. We must continually examine our hearts and prays for ourselves daily. The race is not to the swift…
    Great post here Frances, God bless you!
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    • God bless you too Aunty Ugochi.. thank you sooo much ma.
      Praying God continually shows us where we may be missing it.. and oh, that passage is deep. may our works pass through the fire.
      Lord please help us (me). Heart cry. amen

  2. Dear Frances!!
    This was a very timely post for me. Girlll, sometimes I even find a way to convince myself that posting some things is for the glory of God and then I find myself obsessing over likes. There goes the very deceitful heart. Thanks for this reminder. May we continue to decrease that he may increase

    • Amen and amen to us decreasing so He will increase.. who would have known that we have to actually consciously make that happen in our lives? thank God for His Spirit and the word.. like you said the heart Moyo.. Thank God His word is sharp and shows us what is and the Spirit helps us change that which needs to be changed.

      Love you sis

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