The Applause of God

22 Feb

God’s Word:  Matthew 6:1 Jesus said, “Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it.  It might be a good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.”

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying in these verses)

You know what I mean don’t you?  applauseThere is a fine line drawn between “showing off” and performing a service from the heart for the good of others and the glory of God.  Praise from the people can often turn the heart of the performer onto self and away from God.  And it happens so naturally, so subtly, that you have to examine yourself to be sure your motives are on target.

What are you investing your time and energy into?  Are you doing it merely from habit?  Are you doing it for the approval you get from others?  Are you doing it because you feel God is using you as an instrument of loving service to others?  Beware—even if you have a pure and right motive, the applause of the crowd can lure your focus onto getting their approval.

Follow My example and seek the applause of God!  Be the best employee you can, not just to get a raise or praise, but to honor God.  Be a good neighbor because you know that God loves them and wants them to feel your love since He isn’t there in person.  Share your passions in ways that honor God.  Set self aside and seek the good of others at all costs.  Forgive, forgive, forgive!  Love, love, love!  Serve, serve, serve!  Even when no one notices!

Jesus’ Question for Me: Are you doing your acts of service for the praise of men or the applause of God?

Jesus’ Promise to Me:  I know your heart and am at your side to encourage you on.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for knowing me so well and loving me anyway.

I am sorry I don’t offer this same courtesy to all others.

Thank You for Your Word that motivates me to do my best.

Help me to set self aside and serve others in ways that honor You and not just bring me glory.


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