by Bill Rudge
It is not the one who commends himself or herself, or even the one who is commended by others, but the one who is commended by the Lord (2 Corinthians 10:12, 18). When all is said and done, the only opinion that really matters is the Lord’s. He is the One we stand before to give an account of our lives. He is the One who holds our destiny in His hands.
There is an eternal difference between seeking the praises of men and seeking the favor of God. The first focuses on oneself and temporal recognition while the latter focuses on Jesus and heavenly honor. Both provide rewards. Praise from people may last a lifetime but bearing fruit for Christ’s Kingdom will last an eternity.
A heart examination can reveal whether we are self-centered, self motivated and self exalting; or whether we are Christ-centered, Christ-motivated and Christ-exalting. After reading the following scripture ponder whether you love praise from people more than praise from God:
Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him [Jesus]. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God (John 12:42, 43).
Do not allow the:
praises of people
pursuits of pleasure
to undermine your commitment to Jesus Christ. If the relationship you desire to have with the Lord is not the relationship you are having with Him, it is time to:
Instead of seeking recognition from and the praises of people, cultivate an attitude and lifestyle that gain approval from the Lord.