Attention… Needed?

Posted: June 3, 2018 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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In my church, I am currently preaching through the Sermon on the Mount. Man that is one convicting passage of Scripture. This week I am in Matthew 6:1-4.

1“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

I have to tell you, this one is tough, especially for creatives. See it’s not just about giving to the poor. It’s about who gets the honor and the credit in our lives. How do we do what we do in anonymity, not letting our right hand know what our left hand is doing, in a field where so much of what we do depends on building an audience. After all, for what we do to be effective, people have to see it.

Maybe we need to take a page from the book of Johann Sebastian Bach, who often signed his work SDG which stands for “Soli Deo Gloria,” a Latin phrase meaning “to God be the Glory.” What Bach did physically, we need to do at least spiritually. We need to find the way to give God glory in all areas of our lives. Our talent is a gift from God and we need to remember that. Our work is supposed to touch and bless the world. It’s the reason God gave us the ability to do what we do. We just need to remember our gifts were ultimately given to draw people to the Lord. That doesn’t happen if it’s all about us.

How can God get the glory in your life and work?


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