Do you need praise from people or God?

Charles Spurgeon once said, “Seek secrecy for your good deeds.  Do not even see your own virtue.  Hide from yourself that which you yourself have done that is commendable; for the proud contemplation of your own generosity may tarnish all your alms.  Keep the thing so secret that even you yourself are hardly aware that you are doing anything at all praiseworthy.  Let God be present, and you will have enough of an audience.  He will reward you, reward you openly, reward you as a Father rewards a child, reward you as one who saw what you did, and knew that you did it wholly unto him.”

James 1:25  says, But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God . . . . and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action.  That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. (The Message translation)

Pastor Mark Buchanan writes in Your God is Too Safe, “Either we do good things in order to be seen by others, or we do them in order to bring praise to God.  Secrecy is one of the most profound theological statements we can make.  It is acting on the belief that the reward of God matters more than the reward of man.  It is trusting in the trustworthiness of God.”

(The above quotes were taken from “A Life God Rewards” by Bruce Wilkinson).

Where do you find fulfillment?  Who do you look to for praise?  Who do you seek out when you’ve done something praiseworthy?  Why does it seem that our friends, co-workers, spouses, and family never quite “get” how hard we work or how great of a job we’ve done?  Does it really matter what they think?  Should we even be worried about it or upset when they don’t acknowledge us?

Think on these things today!  Ask God to help you find your worthiness through His praise and not from people. . . . .


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