A few weeks ago, I found a guy named Andy Blanks through a wordpress search. As the content editor for Small Group Trader, I frequently search for blogs that have quality content that can be used on our site as articles. And I asked him if we could use his post, Image vs. Mission which is now live on our site.
Andy wrote some things that I deal with but might be ashamed to admit.
At times, I care more about what people think then I do about spreading the gospel and being about God’s kingdom.
At times, I care if I look “this or that” way to someone.
And I’ve missed opportunities to share what Jesus is doing in my life with an unbeliever because my “image” has been of first importance.
Being all about image is an ugly thing because it puts all the glory on self, and not on our Savior. It can even consume us if we let it and before we know it, we’ve completely neglected God.
But the reality is that any good looks we have, stellar talents, skills, relational ability, intelligence… all come from God- for his purposes.
I told Jeremiah just before bed the other day about a conversation Anne Jackson and I had about writing. I’m afraid of pride if I were to ever be really successful, specifically in publishing my own book. It’s a huge fear of mine.
He said something I’ll always remember: “Samantha, your gifts are not yours. They are God’s.”
A light bulb went off in my head. I took that as: my gifts don’t just come from God, but they are God’s.
What a difference. So in that knowledge, how will the ways I use my gifts be different? I think it has to do with image. Will I choose to reflect his glory by making him my prized treasure instead of glorifying self, being worried about what others think, or even being concerned about my own pride?
It’s not about Samantha. It’s about God. It’s that simple.