There is a rather counterintuitive nature to what God values vs what the world values. The things that this world values can be achievement, power, popularity, position, boldness, etc. God has a list that sort of turns that one upside down: servanthood, humility, meekness (not weakness), restraint, etc.
One of the most telling gauges of the condition of our hearts can be our willingness toSERVE
others and put their needs beyond our own. Note that this does not mean that we treat ourselves like doormats and have no concern for ourselves, but it does mean that we switch our perspective. Towards the genuine welfare of others, even those who may irritate us on occasion.
The Apostle Paul summed it up this way:
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” (Philippians 2:3, 4 NLT)
Want to “impress” God? Serve those He puts in your path today without a need to be recognized. Even in serving others there is a temptation to want to be noticed for being a great servant. Sometimes doing the thing that ISN’T NOTICED can be the BEST THING for us. This is the essence of humility and frees our hearts from being addicted to the approval of others.