I’m not sure who it was. I was listening to the radio and there was a Christian artist who was being interviewed. He said that he struggled with promoting his work because people would be looking at him and crediting him for his work and not necessarily God. He said that through prayer he realized that this was his business and that not promoting it would not be wise, but that he had to make sure of two things:
1) Keep his focus on the Lord
2) Give God the Glory for his success
I read the following scripture and it reminded me of this…
2 Corinthians 10:17-18
But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
That was the main messages that Tim Tebow tried to impart on people, that yes he had great abilities but they were given to him by God and any success he had was given by Him and him only.
I know at the beginning of my journey as an author I thought I should not place my name on anything. I should not promote anything and let God place my things where they should. Like the singer, whom I wish I could remember his name, I realized that if I hid under a rock nobody would find the message that God had entrusted in me. I would be just like the man who hid the talent that God gave him in the parable. However, although my name is there, I make sure that when people cheer me on, to tell them that it was all God. That I am just using what I was given for the Glory of the Kingdom and He who called me to proclaim His message. All the honor, glory and accolades belong to HIM.
Christian Authors, Artists, Business Owners, have you struggle with this? How have you reconciled this concept?
Until then, Be Be blessed!
In Growth Lessons, I was reminded of this beautiful truth: Our walk with the Lord is a process of growing up into the image of Christ. P. Yates
I would recommend this book for anyone who would like some common sense and light added to their life. C. Cunningham
Great for meditations and daily devotions. N. Thames
5 thoughts on “Promoting in a Christian World”
I too have some discomfort with self-promotion, no matter how necessary it may be. I sign my work with S.D.G. (Soli Deo Gloria) as a reminder to myself and others that glory is due to God alone. It helps keep things in perspective.
Hmm, thank you for sharing, I like that perspective. Although my books have my name, I try to place everything under The Rising Muse, which means that all my inspiration comes from God. I like it 🙂
Thank you ladies, is good to know that I’m not alone. Carol, I like that point of view. Especially in the indie world cross promotion is such an important piece that its great to see that as a ministry…sharing the work of others as they too have been called to deliver a message from God. Thanks for sharing =)
I struggle with this constantly. That’s why I love helping other authors market and promote. It’s easier to toot someone else’s horn…Good points here, Naty!
I know I struggle with the same thing. Thanks for this encouragement, Naty!