How many times have you thought about giving up on your calling for not receiving the level of praise or accolades you desire? Believe me, you’re not alone.
Once you first take that leap of faith towards your destiny, the beginning of your journey can seem like a lonely road. Your audience might even just start out with a crowd of one (a.k.a., yourself), but that’s not a good enough reason to quit. Not everyone is going to understand where God is taking you—including you. When God calls you to do something, you have to keep pressing forward in order to remain obedient to Him. For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7, NKJV).
Your purpose might seem pointless when no one’s paying attention—especially when you’re giving it your all. But the thing you need to realize is the fact that the glory and honor aren’t ours to get. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others (Philippians 2:3-4, NIV). Living out your purpose is an act of servitude in which God comes first, the people come second, and we come last.
Oh, and another thing: Just because the people aren’t responding doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t watching. It doesn’t mean that you’re not touching souls and impacting lives with your gifts, but it’s also not something for you to worry about. The only validation you need is from the Lord Himself.
I’ll just leave this verse right here: Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ (Galatians 1:10, NIV). Keep your eyes on the Heavenly Father!