less of me, more of Him

Hey guys 🙂 Today I am going to be chatting about giving all the glory to Him, what this means for us and how we can live through this. Just writing this post really helped me so I hope that it helps you in some way as well. If you aren’t subscribed, scroll all the way down and enter your email so you don’t miss any of my posts. Enjoy!

Something that I am really trying to work hard at is being humble. This means less of me and more of Him. This quote can apply to so many things in our life, but humbleness is what I need to work on. In this post I want to chat a little about what the Bible says about being humble and magnifying God while also talking about how you can apply it to your life.

Something that is interesting to me is how humble Jesus was. He had so much power and was performing so many miracles (Luke 5) but he never bragged about it. The most important thing to Jesus was preaching God’s word and directing people to him. He did so many amazing things on the way, but those weren’t to impress people, they were always there to help and love others while bringing them closer to God. We need to start by recognizing that if Jesus (AMAZING! POWERFUL! WONDERFUL!) was very humble, we need to be as well.

So, what does this mean for us?

Our goal shouldn’t be to impress others with our knowledge of the Bible or how giving we are, it should be to give glory to God. It is amazing to know the Bible and to be a giving person, but God doesn’t want us to speak of our good works for glory. It says in Matthew that when we do things to impress man, that is our reward. When we do things for God, he will reward us (Matthew 6:5-6). It won’t matter how many great things that we have done if we don’t really know God (Matthew 7:22-23).

We have to look at our intentions. Are we giving to charity so that others see our righteousness, or are we giving out of the goodness of our hearts? I know someone who constantly posts about the good works that she does and honestly it makes me sad. We shouldn’t have to brag on social media about what we are doing. If God knows (which he does) that’s enough. There is a difference between encouraging others to do something good and trying to give the glory to yourself. Let all your works give glory to God! We should only be interested in telling of God’s righteousness, not our own (Psalms 71:16).

Mindset is something that I have troubles with. Our mindset is so important! We can get caught up in thinking about ourselves too much. Let’s think… how much time do you spend on outer beauty or selfish things every day? How much time do you spend with God each day? I’m definitely not saying we can’t have fun with fashion or makeup, but let’s not get too caught up in it all. Think less about yourself and more about God. The goal is to have everything you do point to the one who is mightier than you! (Luke 3:15-16). You are not perfect and I am not perfect. We aren’t called to judge others either. WE ARE CALLED TO LOVE OTHERS. We can’t really be giving glory to God if we aren’t living like he wants us to (James 2).

So how can we really live this?

First, shift your focus. Focus less on yourself and more on God. Take a step back and look at how you can start to live for God more. Luke 3:9 talks about how it is important to cut down every tree that does not bear good fruits. What in your life isn’t producing love, joy, kindness, etc? Is it social media, a friend group, your clothes, your words? Whatever it is, work on it! We need to have these things magnify God, not ourselves (Psalms 70:4). I sometimes worry about what people will think about what I am wearing or other selfish thoughts like that, but we can’t worry about that. The only judgement that is important is what God thinks of us.

God calls us to speak of his goodness and his amazing acts, not our own (Psalms 71:15). Instead of trying to come across as righteous, spend time truly trying to achieve it. Make sure that your intentions are working to glorify God in every single thing that you do! Not only should we focus less on ourselves and more on God, but also focus more on others. Philippians 2:3 says Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Think of Jesus, he had so much power but constantly preached God’s word and gave the glory to God. This is something challenging to overcome but will become natural once we start to live for God.

Here is a short list of things to work on:

  • Ask God to help you learn to be humble
  • Live like Jesus
  • Read your Bible
  • Love everyone
  • Focus less on yourself
  • Get rid of things that aren’t glorifying God
  • Pray pray pray
  • Do things only for God
  • Speak of Him
  • Think of others more than yourself

Thank you all for reading and I hope this helped some of you. Just writing this out helped me reflect some at how I can improve at this. You can follow me on Instagram to see some more Christian content and also let me know any topics you want me to write about. Have an amazing day!

-Briana

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