We must be careful to give God the glory he deserves. Notice how Moses took the credit in Numbers 20:10, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” There’s no mention of God. Moses said, “Look what I’m about to do, everybody.”
In response, God said in Numbers 20:12, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” In the sight of the people, Moses took the honor that belonged to God alone.
Here’s a good question to ponder. How much time do you spend talking about yourself? When the crowd gathers and it’s time for us to make our presentation, we can spend a lot of time talking about ourselves, making us the hero. It’s something we’re all inclined to do. After all the suffering, being overlooked, ridiculed, and belittled, when we get the chance, we want to toot our own horn.
A divine miracle was about to happen. Water would flow from an old rock. That’s right when Moses inserted himself and said, “Look what we’re going to do.” If the miracle you’ve been praying for finally happens, if the financial breakthrough comes and money starts flowing, if the people start pouring in, if the social media followers flood your feed, if you finally just get your act together and start showing up to church on time, don’t say, “Look what I did, ya’ll!” When the breakthrough comes, give all the glory to God.
Take your personal platform and make it his. Everything you have came from God, so make much of him. Let’s stop talking about ourselves, and talk more about Jesus. When it’s all said and done, we want the people around us to love and serve him more. As Paul said in Colossians 1:28-29, “Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.”
Johann Sebastian Bach (pictured above) was one of the greatest composers in history. His music is studied in every conservatory and is still performed and recorded by the world’s most talented musicians. The chord progressions of his works have influenced every genre, including pop and modern worship music.
In his life, JS Bach was a church organist and choir director. Each week he composed original music for the congregation. As he used his musical gift, he felt his soul worshipping God. He once said, “I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music.”
Bach was never famous in his lifetime. Eighty years after his death, in 1829, the composer Felix Mendelssohn found a copy of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection) and performed it. Finally, the word spread and churches all over the world began performing his music.
At the end of every piece he composed Bach always wrote, “Solo Deo Gloria,” which means, “Only to the glory of God.” Bach didn’t concern himself with fame. In using his gifts, he wanted to bring glory to God alone. May the same be true for us.