Have you tried anything extravagant for God lately? If so, how did it go over with others who may have seen it? (Of course if we do some such thing to be noticed by others – there’s another issue).
If you’ve recently tried to do something out of your love for God not caring if others saw it or not, remember that God sees it and He is moved by your act of love for Him. Ultimately, that’s all that matters. Don’t let others get to you and discourage you.
In Matthew 26:6-13 there is an account of a woman (who according to the account in John 12) is Mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus, who broke open a flask of ointment that was very expensive and poured it on Jesus’ head. The disciples criticized her. They said that it was a waste of money. They said if she had sold it, she could’ve used it to bless the poor.
Their motives? Who knows? I think they were convicted or feared they had been shown up by this woman. They tried to exert their “wisdom” by saying what she should have done.
Jesus defended her and basically said, “Leave her alone! This is a wonderful thing she’s doing to me. Do I need it? Of course not. But it’s a sign of her affection and love for me. Quit pretending your motives are about the poor.”
If you try to do something great for God – don’t worry about what others think. Do it. We need to quit being so calculated and conservative about everything and be willing to go all out to show our love for Jesus sometimes. He was quite extravagant in what He did for us.