When we have done well in our studies, we compliment ourselves for putting in tremendous effort and time just to get the good grade. When we overcame temptation we feel good about ourselves that we have won the battle and the devil is being defeated.
If we can just take some time to think through, we would find out that the root of our success, good results and the ability that we can resist temptations all comes from the One who grants us these: God.
Even before we knew ourselves, God already knew us, and the reason why we could excel, it's not only because of the effort that we put in; it was also because God created us with the ability to learn and persevere. The reason why we could overcome temptation is because we held on to the shield of faith: the faith we have in Jesus.
But, sometimes, it slipped off our minds that we have forgotten to give Him the glory He deserves. We take it that we were born to be smart and studious. It did not cross our minds that God was working behind the scenes. God was under-glorified.
When you take time to glorify God in those little things such as our studies, work and even simple things like washing dishes, Jesus becomes the centre of your life, and you will be able to value God more than what you are doing today.
What are the simple, little things that you find it hard or troublesome to do? Start to do it for the glory of God today!
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)