Pursuing the praise of people is so tempting. It feels so good, yet leaves us empty. Our capacity to turn away from God’s approval to the cheer of the crowd is scary. Keep Reading…
John 12:43 - “…for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.”
There were religious leaders in Jesus’ day who believed in him. Yet they feared the opinions of their co-workers. They desired praise from people more than God himself. Perhaps if you lived in Jesus’ day, would you have risked reputation and job for this man who called himself God?
It is a wonder how we could turn away from the Creator of the heavens and earth. If we would choose the praise of people over God’s praise, it is the same as choosing to eat cow manure over a seven course feast. Philippians 3:8 Yet, somehow the manure seems appealing?
There is a praise that comes only from God. That is what we are called to pursue. Jesus makes this clear by saying, “How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?” John 5:44 Pursuing praise from people is born from unbelief in God. We don’t really think that God’s approval is all that special. Somehow, cow manure seems more appealing?
Dear Lord, my heart so easily drifts. I sense a divided loyalty within me. I can speak out my love for You, and yet be drawn to the love that people give. The praise of men lasts for only a moment. Your affirmation is solid and secure. Please forgive me. I perform for the applause of men. My gaze is distracted. I turn to You - only You - as my source of comfort and commendation. Thank you for Your mercy and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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