“They have told the church about your love… It was for the sake of the Name that they went out.”3 John 6a, 7
When I was in seminary, I always found preaching class to be the hardest, emotionally. You would prepare a sermon and then preach to your professor and classmates. Afterward, they would critique you. It was very helpful. But as I prepared for that, my heart was divided between wanting to glorify God and wanting to receive an “A” (not that they are necessarily contradictory!). But I should have sought God’s glory and let the results be what they may.
Perhaps you find the Christian walk a bit like that. Sometimes you really do act out of a desire to glorify the Lord, to make Jesus known. But at other times you find you are overly concerned with your own reputation and agenda. It is a struggle.
One way to fight through that is to remember God has rescued you out of sheer grace and undeserved love. He has set His affection on you, made you His own, and will never let you go… all for His name’s sake. This comforting, reassuring truth ought to compel us to tell others about Jesus through our words and deeds, for the sake of the Name.
“What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy him forever.” (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q&a #1)