Grace and peace be unto you.
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:1).
Do you have a desire to be renowned? Are you concerned that your gifts and talents may not put you in the spotlight? We are living in an age where many of us are enamored with the idea of being famous. Hence, we display our attributes, gifts, talents, and possessions on social media or other forums to gain the attention and admiration of the public. Nonetheless, Scripture says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).
The story is told that Jesus was at a feast in a Pharisees’ home and a woman came to him with an alabaster box of ointment. She washed his feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. Then, she kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment (Luke 7:36:38). This woman genuinely worshipped Jesus and her name is not known. Although her name was not written, her noble act of love and gratitude was recorded and has impacted many lives. Your name might never be popular but your kind deeds will change the lives of many people.
God desires that we invest our time in doing the things that please him. This includes resisting the temptation to make a name for ourselves, and instead, do good deeds and use kind words that glorify him. Scripture says that Jesus anointed 70 disciples and sent them out to spread the gospel. Their ministry was a success, consequently they returned and told him that demons submitted to them in his name (Luke 10:1-17). Once again, the names of the disciples were withheld but their actions documented. Their experiences help us to better understand the power of Jesus’ name.
God longs for believers who are passionate about winning souls for him (Matthew 9:37), and have no desire to become famous. As a result, he is more interested in what you do with your allotted time, than your popular or unpopular name. The Bible says, “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing” (Matthew 6:3).