Writing devotions, teaching a Sunday school class and pasturing a church all have one thing in common; they all use words to convey God’s truths. But according to Jesus in John 7:18 more important than the words spoken is the heart of the messenger.
John, 7:18, “The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.”
Jesus says it is in the heart where the true message of God is born. If the person speaking, whether it is a devotion, a Sunday school lesson or a pastor’s sermon, deliver that message as if they are the authority then they are speaking for their own glory.
But the person who seeks no glory for themselves but uses their message to give God the glory is the one who speaks the truth of God’s word. For that reason each person who lives their life delivering God’s word must daily examine their own hearts and always ask themselves:
What they are in it for, personal gain or God’s glory?
Why they want to teach God's word to another?
Jesus once told His disciples that many will come to stand before Him upon their deaths and say to Him, Lord, Lord look what I did in your name. His reply, “get away from I do not know. Jesus makes it very simple and clear: the motive of God's messenger is to use what they say, teach, explain, or expound to bring honor to God, not themselves is to honor the Father, not themselves. The ones who came to Jesus bragging about what they did seemed to be seeking accolades for what they were doing.