It was Easter Sunday in 1993 when Bernhard Langer won the Masters golf tournament. Talk about a huge accomplishment, anyone would be thrilled to reach this pinnacle and then brag about the accomplishment and enjoy their time in the spotlight.
However, as he stepped off the 18th green to receive the green jacket, one of golf’s most coveted prizes, a reporter commented, “This must be the greatest day of your life!” Here was his chance, this was his time, the spotlight was on him, and it was time to brag a bit, right? Wrong. Without missing a beat, Langer replied, “It’s wonderful to win the greatest tournament in the world, but it means more to win on Easter Sunday, to celebrate the resurrection of my Lord and Savior.”
Langer had just won on the biggest stage in golf, and now he had the opportunity to boast about himself, but instead he turned the spotlight on God. Perhaps that is what it means in Matthew 5:16 when it says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.”
In other words, when the spotlight is placed on us, we should shift the attention to God, so that others may see Him. And that is almost the exact opposite of what the world teaches, isn’t it? Our world tells us to point out our strengths, to boast in our successes, to brag about our accomplishments, to enjoy our time in the spotlight. And because of that, it’s easy for us to draw attention to ourselves, to make sure that everyone sees us when the spotlight shines on us.
But that isn’t what we need to be doing, we need to be turning the attention to God instead. Look at the apostle Paul, he had plenty that he could have bragged about. In Philippians chapter 3 he gives a list of all sorts of things that he could have taken pride in, but instead he considered it all garbage compared to knowing Christ. We would be wise in following in his example.
So, if you really want something to brag about, brag about God, and what He’s done for you. And not just this Easter, but every day, look for opportunities to turn the spotlight on Him!