“Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not.” (Acts 7:25, NIV)
It surprises us — as it did Moses — that others do not realize our status as God’s rescue agent. From “the outside looking in,” we see situations differently than those in the crisis.
At such moments — when we are filled with enthusiasm, energy, and ardor — we need to guard against the temptation to become “tactical”; that is, to become more concerned about a particular, single battle than we are the entire war. Armies have lost wars despite having won most of the battles. They key is to fight — and to win — the right battles.
Above all, it is crucially important that we keep our ego in check. The recognition and praise of others is a poor barometer (as we saw with Jesus on Palm Sunday when he entered Jerusalem to the praise of the people, only to hear many of those same voices call for His crucifixion a few days later).
Instead, work assiduously for the honor and the glory of our heavenly Father. – Luther