One of the biggest snares that the devil uses nowadays, even among servants of God is vanity. Vanity is excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements. This is linked to the praise of men, compliments, the many likes and followers on social media, the glory of this world, fame, prestige, etc. Put simply, all that is earthly and temporary! Without noticing, we can put too much emphasis on these things, forgetting that we will all pass away and leave them behind one day.
Vanity is a snare that can catch anyone and unfortunately, many are those who are attached to positions and titles in this world. If we don’t watch, we can easily fall into this trap and become a trophy for the devil. Satan tried to use this snare to trap even our Lord Jesus; he showed him the glory of this world, but Jesus resisted his tactics. Now imagine… If he used this snare with Jesus, we can rest assured that he will certainly attempt to catch us with it (see Matthew 4:8). Sadly, many have been falling for this just like the Pharisees.
“Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” (John 12:42-43).
They valued the glory of men more than the heavenly glory. And the truth is, those who seek this glory are more worried about people’s opinions rather than what God thinks. They give value to the word that comes from people instead of the Word of God itself. However, as long as we are attached to the glory of this world, we will never have the glory that comes from God. This glory is the Holy Spirit inside of us. This is why many don’t have Him yet; they are attached to the things of the world. This is also why many have been losing their salvation and leaving the presence of God.
We must always remember that we were created to glorify God and not ourselves. If our intention is to glorify ourselves, then the devil already has his sights on us and sooner or later we will fall. For this reason, we must be alert; each one of us know what we like and what we’ve been harbouring on the inside. Ask yourself: “Have I been seeking the glory of God or the glory of men? Am I more worried about what people think rather than my salvation?”
As Christians, we cannot focus on this world, we must focus on the glory of the New Jerusalem. If your attention has been diverting, then the time to humble yourself is now or else you will be left behind when Jesus comes back for His Church.
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30).