Today’s Scripture Reading: John 12:37-50; Mark 11:12-14; Matthew 21:18-22; Mark 11:15-19; Matthew 21:12-17; Luke 19:45-48; Mark 11:20-33; Matthew 21:23-27; Luke 20:1-8
Isaiah was referring to Jesus when he said this, because he saw the future and spoke of the Messiah’s glory. Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.
–John 12: 41-43
Hummm, desiring human praise more than the praise of God… I wonder if that is a description of a praise addict?
When I read these verses I wrote in the margin of my Bible, “Lord, help me.” I’m one of those kind of girls who wants to be liked by everyone and who wants to be told they did a good job. That’s sort of a secret though, because I try to hide my desire for praise. (Don’t tell anyone, okay?)
We know we shouldn’t like praise, so we say, “Thank you, but.”
- I love your new hair….. “Thank you, but it’s not my real hair color”
- That dress is gorgeous… “Thank you, but I think it makes me look fat.”
- That was a delicious dessert… “Thank you, but I copied the recipe from a friend.”
We just don’t seem to know how to just say, “Thank You.” I guess we think it will seem as though we like praise.
I think there’s a better test of how much we need praise:
What goes through our minds when we don’t get the praise we think we deserve?
- When you give countless hours to a project and get no public recognition.
- When you give someone a gift that you thought was extra special and they didn’t so much as say, ‘thank you.’
- When you write what you think is an amazing blog post and get no comments. (ouch!)
- When your spouse points out everything you didn’t do and doesn’t even notice what you did do.
As usual, Jesus is looking at our heart, not our public reaction to praise and appreciation. He’s not impressed with the “Thank you, buts…”
Let’s make a pact that we will seek God’s help in learning to graciously receive public compliments but we will only pursue and “need” the praise of our God.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for helping us to see our weak spots. Teach us how to receive praise from others without becoming dependent on human praise. Help us to grow daily in our desire to hear You say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” Lord, make us like You.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:28-32; Mark 12:1-12; Matthew 21:33-46; Luke 20:9-19; Matthew 22:1-14; Mark 12:13-17; Matthew 22:15-22; Luke 20:20-26; Mark 12:18-27; Matthew 22:23-33; Luke 20:27-40