Seeking Praise from People?
You don’t have to be a Pharisee to seek praise from men instead of from the Father. Even though there is indeed a little Pharisee in all of us, we sometimes seek praise from people with the best of intentions. We do our jobs well, and fume a little when we’re not complimented. We spy a particularly flattering combination in our closets, and sigh inwardly when no one notices. Sometimes three or four of these slights or offenses, be they minor or major, stack up and ruin a whole day! Why do we let these things control us?
Don’t we sometimes forget that there is only one Person in all the universe with the ability and the desire to notice us completely? When we expect any particular reaction from a mere mortal (even ourselves), when we hinge our peace of mind or our contentment on the inconstant fancies of other people, we doom ourselves to a fate of resentment, discontent, disappointment. Only our Lord and our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We can be certain only when we stand on His promises, and we can be sure only when we pin our hopes to His love.
In Ephesians 1:3, Paul writes, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every [emphasis mine] spiritual blessing in Christ. . .” “Blessed” and “blessing” here come from the Greek eulogos, or “good words”. In other words, God can’t stop saying good words about those who are in Christ Jesus! And remember, when God speaks, storms are silenced. Tombs are opened. Worlds appear! Let us set our hearts on receiving God’s praise by abiding in Jesus forever!
in HIS love,