Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:26
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Reflection: ‘Do not be desirous of vain glory’, Paul cautions the church. ‘Vain glory is one of the reasons why envy rears up its head amongst us and causes us to be angry at one another’, he concludes. Looking at the effects of vain glory on the church and on individuals, it is important to ensure that you are not caught in its intricate web. Translated from the Greek word, ‘kenodoxos’, it means to be self conceited or full of self-glory. It shows up in people who are full of themselves. They are boastful about their achievements. They have ‘an overly high opinion of themselves, and they seek ‘an extreme amount of attention’. You will find out that such people will always speak about how successful they are, how they know it all and how without them nothing can be achieved. You will also realize that such people would always want others to praise them for what they do. They often get offended when what they do are not publicly acknowledged. Simply put, they are vain and like to glorify themselves! In essence, this is the exact opposite of humility’! Don’t ever be caught in the web of vain glory! Apart from causing people to be angry at you and moving them into envy which will cost the peace of the church or the community in question, this attitude of vain glory can also lead to your downfall in life. Vain glory makes the devil happy and gives him the opportunity to afflict the church. Don’t desire it all!
Prayer: Oh Lord, help me not to be a vain and self glory seeking person in this life.
Confession: I am what I am by the grace of God! I will not be vain in life. Neither will I seek self glory. I will not be desirous of vain glory at all.