The Vice of Vainglory
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.Philippians 2:3-4
Hymn writer, Rhea F. Miller once wrote, ‘‘I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause; I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause; I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame; I’d rather be true to His Holy name.’’ The hymn written almost 100 years ago is all about having Christ above anything this world can offer.
Christianity is all about the central figure the Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel message is about how God has reconciled sinners to Himself. We ought to glorify God not ourselves. Sadly, there are many people who think Christianity is all about them and what they can get out of God. This is a wrong spirit and view of Christianity. Preachers, pastors, ministers and other leaders in the Church who promote themselves over the Good News of Christ are guilty of vainglory. We ought to be praising and lifting the name of Jesus Christ not sinful men and women. What are we, but mere flesh and blood? Christ has done all the work. It was Christ that died on that cross. It is Christ that makes us right with God.
Outside of Christ no man or woman can be declared righteous before Almighty God the Creator and Judge. Without God we are nothing. We have what we have in life due to the grace and mercy of our loving Heavenly Father. We have done nothing to deserve life, luxury and love from God. However, God has seen fit to pour out His grace on us. Be thankful for what God has done. Seek not praise and glory for yourself but give the glory and honour unto God. Give Him the homage due.
Questions to consider and pray about.
1. Do you like to draw attention to yourself rather than Christ?
2. Do you promote your own thoughts over Scripture?
3. Do you desire always to win?
4. Do you seek to be the centre of attention?
5. Do you think of your own needs first and put others last?
6. Do you have a desire to be praised and noticed by people?
7. Do you flaunt yourself, wealth and achievements?
God detests all forms of self-glorification and arrogance. I have already written on the subject of pride which is linked and similar to vainglory. If you sense God’s convicting grace on you today, immediately confess your sinfulness before Him. Embrace the changes you need to make to give God the glory.