It happens during worship, prayer, and even on social websites like tumblr and facebook. We tend to do things to make us seem “more Christian.” As if there was such thing to make you more Christian.
We lift our hands during worship, looking like we’re so into Jesus. We raise our voices to the songs we’ve heard time after time again. Yet sometimes our thoughts trail from worshipping God to impressing our fellow church members. And at that instant, the meaning of your worship is gone. You’ve taken God out of your focus and placed yourself on the pedestal of the Almighty.
The same thing happens in prayer. In front of large prayer groups, we throw in fancy sayings and words we didn’t even know were in our vocabularly. We just heard it from someone else and just applied it to our own little prayer to make us seem like we’re more Christian. This prayer doesn’t stem out of your heart or love for the King. Rather, from the attention you so desperately seek.
On social media sites, we put the Christian label all over our blogs and ourselves like it’s some sort of decoration with little to no value. We don’t post out of the concern for other people. We just post so we can get the likes, reblogs, and followers we yearn for. It blows my mind that this has become the norm of Christianity today. Simply putting the Christian label on ourselves with absolutely no idea what it means nor what it costs.
When these things are done with sole purpose of bringing glory to ourselves, it has absolutely no meaning.
It’s all vanity.
The Wife of Noble Character
10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
This is the woman of God I aim to be. This is the wife I aim to be one day. I do not want to be just a noble woman, I want to surpass them all.