How exactly do you judge someone’s life accomplishments? Surely there has been great men and women that made a big impact in the world, and their names will be remembered for centuries, so how can you possibly compare to those great people right?
Here’s the thing, it’s not a competition. You are here to worship the Lord and the Lord alone, that’s all that matters. Don’t feel bad that you live a calm and quiet life. Why worry yourself about trying to leave a “legacy” in this world? God has made you just as you are, and if you are already worshipping Him and bring others to Christ by spreading the Good News to others, that is already a gigantic accomplishment. You might not get a lot of humanly recognition, prizes, fame, but our Heavenly Father knows everything about us, whether we do it in secret or openly, so please know He will reward you in the end. How can you compare mere human recognition to God’s recognition?
You don’t have a glamourous job, people don’t look up to you and consider all your flaws to be amazing and praiseworthy, people don’t worship the ground you walk on such as famous actors or musicians, well GOOD! Live a calm and humble life. Be sure to dedicate your life to the Lord and the Lord alone. Lead by example and show others that God alone is worthy of our praises and worship.
It doesn’t matter if we are homeless, without a job, working on a dead-end job, working as a garbage man or some other profession someone might look down on. You think the Lord is going to be like, “You should’ve bought some Google or Apple stocks” because believe me, He’s not. Don’t ever let anyone look down on you for what you have to “show” for your life. You aren’t here for others to be in awe of you. We are here to be in awe of Him, not each other. Be faithful to Him, repent of your sins, live a righteous life, spread the Good News to all and be sure He will be proud of His faithful servant as He was in the parable told by the Lord in Matthew 25.
Pride is such a terrible sin. We want to have better lives so others can recognize us? We want to be famous so we can be respected? Does the Bible tell us to be full of pride or to be meek? Does the Bible tell us to be highly respectable kings or to be servants? Jesus Himself had every right to be worshipped as much as He wanted to, but He was a humble servant while walking on this Earth as a man. God Himself, walking on Earth was a servant, so how can we attempt to be better than Him?
Pride caused Satan to be thrown out of heaven. He desired to be God, not to be a servant of God. Notice the many “I will…” statements in Isaiah 14:12-15.Ezekiel 28:12-15 describes Satan as an exceedingly beautiful angel. Satan was likely the highest of all angels, the most beautiful of all of God’s creations, but he was not content in his position. Instead, Satan desired to be God, to essentially “kick God off His throne” and take over the rule of the universe. Satan wanted to be God, and interestingly enough, that is what Satan tempted Adam and Eve with in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-5). How did Satan fall from heaven? Actually, a fall is not an accurate description. It would be far more accurate to say God cast Satan out of heaven (Isaiah 14:15; Ezekiel 28:16-17). Satan did not fall from heaven; rather, Satan was pushed out of heaven. Pride is a terrible sin.
It’s easy to get lost in prideful thoughts. It’s easy to think of ourselves first and foremost and try to make others proud of us. But the Lord tells us that the least will be the greatest. The Lord tells us that the last will be the first. So, don’t worry about fame or recognition here on Earth. We are not to parade around showing how “religious” we are either, for that was the way of the Pharisees and you know how that turned out for them. Our Heavenly Father sees all and will reward us for our faith. As Matthew 6 tells us, “Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
It isn’t the college or university that you attended that matters in life. It’s not how much money you make in your job that matters in life. It is what you do with what you have learned in life that matters. How you devote yourself to the Lord that is all that matters, for your reward will last an eternity. Obey the Gospel. Spread the Gospel. Be faithful. Repent of your sins. Love God and each other. Don’t compare yourself to other people. You are a follower of Christ, not a follower of people.