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Proof Is In The Results
by Angie Lewis
9/03/2007 / Christian Living
Some people feel this compelling need to prove something to others. They walk around with an attitude, "look at me", "see what I do", "see what I know", "look at me". Most people do this to some degree, but there is a certain type of person who revels in it. Some Christian's walk around with "a holier than thou attitude", which actually turns people away from God.
Good deeds are great, and saying nice things to others is nice too. But are we doing "what we do", and "saying what we say" all for show? Instead of saying what we do for others and bragging about it, why don't we just BE who we are? This way we won't have to worry about who is watching us. If we are servants of God then we should be using our gifts according to the purpose set out for that gift.
I used to be a people pleaser. I wanted to please everyone. And I did this not to please them, but to please myself! But I came to find out I was not pleasing myself. I felt resentful about pleasing others. We cannot be everything to everybody. God has given us all gifts to use towards His will and purpose. My gifts are those that God gave me for my personality and life situation, and your gifts are what God has given you for your personality and life situation.
My gift does one thing and your gift does another. Neither gift is better than the other if they are both doing what they are supposed to be doing, which would be to serve others with. We cannot take someone else's gift and pretend like it is our own gift. That is being a do-gooder and people pleaser, because later you may feel resentful about it. Do what is in your heart to do, but don't over extend yourself only to feel bad about it later or to just "show others". That is wrong; it is deceitful.
God wants us to look at our motives. Why do we do what we do? Why do we say what we say? I think we should be true to ourselves first, and then we will be true to others. In the end, it is the results what count. It's not how you start, but how your finish that matters.
For by the grace given me I say to everyone of you: Do not think of yourselves more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:3-5
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