Today, self-esteem and “self-love” reign in the thought process of what is thought of as right. If it makes you feel good, then it is OK for you to do. But conversely, it is not popular to follow Jesus. It is popular to seek the praise of people, not the praise of God.
Oh, it is OK to follow the “positive” Jesus, to be religious and positive. To teach all of Jesus’ teachings and to including the negative aspects is thought of as unloving and that somehow you harbor hatred.
Seeking People’s Praise
In Jesus’ day, people believed in Jesus but did not want to follow Him because they were afraid of what the religious leaders of the day would think.
If they followed Jesus, they would have been ostracized by their town and synagogue. They didn’t follow Jesus because they loved something more than Jesus.
People then loved their own status in society. They loved the feeling of acceptance and praise by their peers.
People are OK with those who want to be religious and follow a set of beliefs in this society. They are OK with it if it is positive on the outside.
Follow Jesus to Get the Praise of God
I find that when you venture out and truly follow Jesus as the Bible teaches, there will be some people whom you will offend.
They might disapprove of you to the point of distancing themselves from you. Even today, we must choose between people’s praise or God’s praise. Our choice is to follow Jesus.
It is infinitely better to have God pleased with us than to have people pleased with us. It is better to receive His eternal praise instead of people’s temporary praise.
The praise of people is fleeting and can change from day to day, it is only temporary. The praise of God is eternal and will last forever.
Remember, Jesus was praised by people a week before they shouted “crucify Him”. Jesus sought the praise of God, the Father. Let’s follow Jesus and seek the praise of God, the Father in Heaven.
So, let’s love the praise of God and we will not have to be concerned about the praise of man.
What’s some of things that we do to receive the praise of people?