Have you ever heard the expression “putting on?” In case you haven’t, here is Urban Dictionary’s definition: “to make someone/something better; to represent someone or something (ex. a city/town) that puts this person/thing/establishment in a positive light.”
Have you ever caught yourself “putting on” to represent yourself in a better light? It’s an easy thing to do. Initially you’re in a conversation talking about vacations and you find yourself saying, “Oh yeah! I’m planning on going to Germany this summer,” knowing good and well that you have less than $500 in your bank account. You just liked the thought that the people around you might somehow be impressed and wouldn’t suspect that you are actually unemployed and have no idea what you are going to do when that $500 runs out.
Or are you one to cover up? Because everyone around you is unemployed, you don’t even mention the fact that you’ve got the job you’ve been praying and believing God for.
Neither of these scenarios are glorifying to God because both of them focus on our own selfish need: the need to be perceived by others in a certain light. Don’t you know that in your failures and successes alike, God is glorified? For in our failures and successes, God’s grace shines through us.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain… – I Corinthians 15:10
***Check out the inspiration for this blog: It’s a powerful sermon by Pastor Stephen Chandler at Destiny Harvest Church: Watch Here