Growing up I had the great opportunity of being around people in business at varying levels of success, from multi-millionaires to people who were "well-off." I noticed a factor that was quite common among many millionaires. They were never trying to impress people. They knew who they were. They would never spend money to impress anyone. The businessmen my grandfather introduced me to when I was young used to have lunch at a small diner in Indianapolis where the meal was cafeteria-style and only a couple dollars. They drove nice cars but nothing flashy. They were not looking around to see if people noticed them... They didn't care.
Then there were those who wanted to appear rich. They took special care to look what they considered the part. As polished as they were however they didn't have the goods. They only had an appearance of wealth. Many people get sucked in to what they present however. My grandfather told me about a friend of his who was looking to buy a new car and the salesman kept directing the conversation to his driver because he was dressed sharply in a suit. You just can't tell by appearances I learned.
It's the same in ministry. There are people who just do what they're supposed to do, not making any claims about how great they are. Someone like Heidi Baker comes to mind... They actually move in the power of God and they dont care what people think. They have to please an audience of one.
Then there are those who shout so loudly about their gifting and power and titles and importance it gets peoples attention. Sometimes they abuse the people around them to demonstrate their power. They are aloof and rude as people, preferring not to soil their hands with the great unwashed masses. They speak humbly into the television cameras as if they care for you so much but trust me you couldn't get within ten feet of them. I have met them. But that is entirely ok... They are the ones pretending to be rich. the reality is that they probably don't even know that they are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked--
Be the real deal...