When God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” (Heb. 1:6)

Success in America is mostly about money and fame. As a little girl, my American dream was to become a famous writer, have a luxurious marriage, and obtain lots of wealth. I dreamed of one day owning all my heart desired, including the praise of others. I longed to win awards and perhaps even have one of my works made into a movie. I would become rich and famous. My name would flow from the mouths of others. That, for me, was the ultimate level of success. What I didn’t realize is I was asking to be God.

See, the Bible tells us there is only one who deserves this type of praise. The Bible does not instruct Christ-followers to work harder or do more until they are applauded and recognized by their peers, or to praise and honor those around us for doing a good job or becoming well known. In fact, it is very specific in that only God deserves our praise. He, through his unconditional love, mercy, and grace, deserves all praise for the gift of unmerited salvation.

Yet, yielding the spotlight is no easy task. Our egos crave attention. However, what matters most is not the attention our actions bring or the financial reward earned. What matters most is the intent of the heart. All we do must come from a place of worship.

Surrender a desire that is keeping you from seeking God’s kingdom first.

Tara Klein, a lover of words, shares her imperfect, unconventional Christian journey as a female, mother, and wife to invite others into God’s unconditional love.

© 2019 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®