My interview guest politely answered my questions. I had a feeling, though, that something lurked beneath our interaction. A passing comment brought it out.
Youre inspiring thousands of people, I said.
Not thousands, he muttered. Millions.
And as if pitying my ignorance, my guest reminded me of his credentialsthe titles he held, the things hed achieved, the magazine hed graced. It was an awkward moment.
Ever since that experience, Ive been struck by how God revealed Himself to Moses on Mount Sinai (Exodus 34:57). Here was the Creator of the cosmos and Judge of humanity, but God didnt use His titles. Here was the Maker of 100 billion galaxies, but such feats werent mentioned either. Instead, God introduced Himself as the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness (v. 6). When He reveals who He is, it isnt His titles or achievements He lists but the kind of character He has.
As people made in Gods image and called to follow His example (Genesis 1:27; Ephesians 5:12), this is profound. Achievement is good, titles have their place, but what really matters is how compassionate, gracious, and loving were becoming.
Like that interview guest, we too can base our significance on our achievements. I have. But our God has modeled what true success isnot whats written on our business cards and resumés, but how were becoming like Him.