“Amid honor or dishonor, slander or praise—even when we are treated as deceivers and imposters—we remain steadfast and true” (2 Corinthians 6:8 TPT). The NIV says it this way: “We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors.” Simply put, no matter what, we serve God. Even when… we serve God. Let us remain steadfast and true because we serve God.
We aren’t here on earth to be liked. Our life mission isn’t about gaining a lot of friends or followers. We are made to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7). We may be honored or dishonored — either way, we serve God. We are made to glorify God. We may be treated as liars and cheats — even when we are, we are made to glorify God.
What does this mean? When we are dishonored, when we are slandered or treated as deceivers, we remain steadfast and true. We stay focused on what truly matters. When we are praised, again, we stay focused on what matters — to God be the glory.
Too often, we get upset when we are dishonored or personally attacked. It’s usually our first gut reaction. Just the same, when someone praises us, we drink it up like an ice cold beverage on a hot summer day. Either way, these responses go against our true purpose. These are selfish responses. Trying to defend ourselves is rooted in pride. Soaking up the glory instead of pointing to Jesus is also rooted in pride. My friends, let us declare today — it’s not about me. Let us remain steadfast and true. To God be the glory!
Thank You God for Your love and Your goodness. Lord, You alone deserve all honor, glory, and praise. No one can steal Your glory. It is Yours alone. Lord, may I not get in the way. May all that I do and say bring You glory. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!