II Samuel 1:1-2:11 / John 12:20-50 / Psalm 118:19-29 / Proverbs 15:27-28
John 12: 42-43
“Never-the-less, even among the rulers, many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees, they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: for they loved the praise of men MORE than the praise of God.”
Although it’s nice to get a pat on the back from time to time for the things we are doing, THE PRAISE OF MAN SHOULD NEVER BECOME A NEED. Knowing we are hearing from the Lord and doing the things He is calling us to should be enough to keep us fired up and fueled. Unhealthy reliance on the praises of man will slow us down and hinder the purity of what we’ve been called to do.
There is a major difference between being teachable and seeking counsel (which are both wonderfully essential aspects of living, learning and maturing) and developing an unhealthy reliance on man’s praise/opinion. A good measuring stick for healthy balance is being able to identify the source of our affirmation/dependence (God or man) and then adjust our hearts accordingly.
When we are primarily listening for the voices of man’s praise it will drown out the voice of the Lord and we will be in danger of getting off track. People’s opinions and praise can be fickle, but the Lord’s affirmation is steadfast and sure – something we can stand on!