Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Corrie ten Boom told of an old monk who sang every Christmas Eve for his brothers in the monastery. His voice was rough, but he loved the Lord and sang from his heart. One year the director of the cloister said, “I’m sorry, Brother Don, we have a new monk who has such a beautiful voice … he will sing this Christmas.”
The new fellow sang beautifully and everyone was happy. But that night an angel came to the superior and said, “Why didn’t you have a Christmas Eve song?” The superior replied, “We had a beautiful song, didn’t you hear it?” The angel shook his head sadly. “It may have been very inspiring to you, but we didn’t hear it in heaven.”1
Remember that God is more interested in “heart” than “art” in your singing — or in whatever ministry you possess. He gives us talents to showcase His grace, not our glory. Whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord and for His honor alone.
The person who fears God seeks to live all of life to the glory of God …. All the activities of life should be pursued with the aim of glorifying God.
– written by Jerry Bridges, in “The Joy of Fearing God”