I am not immune to this mortal diseased self-indulgent and glutenous desire for attention. After all, bone and blood are in this earthen vessel of dirt and breath. More often than I like to admit, I seek the approval and attention of other vessels, but I am in the process of perfecting the execution in a fundamental lesson on this topic. I am learning, contrary to man’s system, people, are not intended to be in the spotlight.
In the creation story, we read that Creator God made everything — the sun, stars, land, sea, sky, animals, and man calling them all good. He set a task before humanity to care for the earth and its inhabitants and then he rested. For the longest, I took this as just Sabbath rest, but now I am walking in a new revelation of God, and I'm not so sure Sabbath rest alone does this part of the story justice. In this simple act of resting Creator God was claiming dominion, basking in the glorious wonders of all he made; standing in the spotlight as master of all.
Did you catch that? God reigns sovereign over all in his glorious spotlight, not us. We, in our most basic state, were intended to take care of creation and give honor to God in the process. We were not made for the spotlight, but rather to share God with his creation because we know him. We recognize glory and know glory not because we have obtained it of our own accord but by proxy of Jesus going to the cross and raising himself up from the grave. When we try stepping into the spotlight, claiming the glory for ourselves, we falter, and that glory is given to the false idol of flesh. Do not be a glory hog, move out of the spotlight.
2 Corinthians 2:6 ESV // For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.