The following is a story from Facing Leviathan by Mark Sayers. I am of multiple minds when it comes to this story, but the subject matter with which it deals is worth consideration:
This persistent sense of hopelessness reared its head one day on Twitter. I had tweeted my observations of a recent event in the news and had forgotten about it. My friend emailed me telling me that a leading overseas newspaper had reprinted my tweet, commenting that my text was the most intelligent response to the incident in question. Automatically, my cursor went to the tweet button, so that I could let my Twitter followers know what this newspaper had said about me.
The next second I came to my senses. I asked myself,
Why on earth do my followers need to know what this newspaper said about me?
What good does this do the promotion of the gospel?
Does this encourage others?
Does this get my books into the hands of people who will be grown in Christ by them?
The only reason why I would push the tweet button is because deep down I feared that I was hopeless, that I was not smart enough, not good enough—that somehow this newspaper making this comment proved my intelligence.
I was about to boast because of an unresolved issue that I had not truly brought before God. I was not communicating the values of the kingdom—in fact, I was contradicting them. I refrained. As I looked at my Twitter feed later that day, I saw multiple well-known Christian leaders retweeting compliments that others had given them. There is nothing wrong with receiving compliments from others; encouragements are fantastic things that can keep us going in our leadership.
Yet when it becomes the norm to let everyone know the nice things people are saying about us versus the messages we create for the kingdom, we have a cultural problem.