At what point does promotion and marketing of your ministry or God given talents/gifts turn into JUST self promotion? Isn't our walk with Christ all about dying... dying to self? Isn't it about self denial?
I struggle with this.
To the point where I just want to quit everything at times.
I can give you tips, tools, advice and whatever else this amazing brain of mind can spit out to encourage you ;o) but to be truthful - at what point does our "Look over here" work cross that fine line?
I mean - in the scriptures folks were not bringing attention to themselves to share what God wanted them to share. They were just going about their everyday (and usually pretty boring) business.
Look at David, for instance - Shepherd. Nobody. Doing boring work. David wasn't standing on a mountain top waving his hand to share about God. God called David in the midst of his boring day job.
I honestly research ways to get your attention so that you'll read the stuff I write, share with all your friends in hopes that it would help and encourage you and others. BUT ... should I have to do all that or should I just write?
Won't God do the rest if He wants?
Am I over thinking this?
The work that it takes to focus on my 'audience' and attract the right 'market' just irritates the crap out of me at times. It feels so contrary to what God would want... or like I'm saying, "Hey God. You obviously don't know much about search engine optimization (SEO) and how to brand/market so that folks want to hear what I got to say... so you just rest your pretty little head while I take over."
Jesus washed nasty feet. He loved on people, cared for them, taught them ... but He OFTEN withdrew from the crowd.
Aren't we to do the same?
Anyway. That's a bit of a rant, I guess ... but I really would like to hear your thoughts.
I feel like I open up Facebook and immediately leave. There is just too much noise... too much "Hey look at me." ... Too many selfies with scriptures ... too many "I'm selling this product and I can help YOU, when really I just want to make money off of YOU so I don't have to work a day job anymore - In Jesus' name of course."
Hey. I'm not hating. I'm guilty too. And it grosses me out.
I HAVE to post my blog multiple times per day because people won't even see it. I struggle with that. From a business stance, cool - post it again ... but from a follower of Christ stance - won't God allow folks to see the writing HE put on my heart regardless of who FB wants to show it to?
What are your thoughts? Won't God raise up what HE WANTS to raise up? Won't God attract folks who need to know about HIM through us if we're obedient?
Our gifts are not for us. Our gifts are to bring God glory, right?
Hit me with your thoughts on this. I can't wait to hear what you guys have to say.