25 "But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.
26 "Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.
27 "And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave-
28 "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
There is nothing wrong with wanting to be great. In fact, Jesus instructs us on how to be great. It is not like the Gentiles who used power plays, back-stabbing, and an insatiable appetite for greed and recognition to get ahead (sounds a lot like our current society, huh?). Jesus teaches us the right way to achieve greatness.
God blesses us with gifts, not to try to dominate people, but to employ those gifts to serve Him and improve the lives of others. Our motives have to align with His.
I have played piano and made presentations at some pretty incredible venues, and do not plan on stopping anytime soon. I hope you plan on growing your outreach and accomplishing your goals, too.
However, we cannot become enamored by the applause of other people. Our gifts and passions should developed and displayed according to God's principles and for His glory.
At the end of this life, when we finally meet Our Maker: money, fame, cars, clothes, applause, and position will not matter. Our heart's motivation and our stewardship of His resources will.