God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of him in every part of our lives. John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life, p.38
How tempting it is to live our lives seeking the approval of others! Such an emphasis inevitably makes us unproductive in our spiritual walk as our convictions are compromised on the altar of being “made much of.” But God has called us to honor him above all things, and above all people. When we seek to live in the light of his grace, when we meditate on and marvel at his amazing glory and holiness, we can do no other but honor him with both our lips and our work. On the other hand, when we become the center of attention, when we constantly seek the admiration of other people, it’s an indication of what’s lacking in our hearts – namely, true love toward God.
May God in his immeasurable grace grant us a strong desire to “make much of” him, for he is worthy of such praise and adulation. Furthermore – and this is the beauty of it – it’s also to our greatest good when God is so honored in us.