Did you know that you are rewarded for wanting to be noticed or praised by others?

Yes it is true. The only catch is that your reward will be here on earth.

Mathew 6:1-4: “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.”

One of the keys to failure in life is to please everybody. For some it is hard not to fall into that trap of wanting to please people in order to receive their praise or approval. Others have learned that it is a trap of the enemy to please people for praise and admiration.

Often we fall into this pit of constantly wanting to please others; before we know it… it is too late and we have fallen in to it again.

I hear you ask, “But what about the scripture that says we need to lay down our lives for another? True, as long as we have in mind that He requires it and we love the people, not because we want their praise and admiration. After all, He gladly laid down His life for us, because He loved us.

I am always struck with conviction when I read Galatians 1:10: ” Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to pleas people? If I were still trying to pleas people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

I don’t know about you, but I sure want to be His faithful servant and not nullify that calling by giving in to the desire to get people’s appraisal

I agree with Joyce Meyer, “Put your expectation on God–not on people.”

Someone else said, “I can only please one person per day–today is not your day, and tomorrow does not look good either.”

In conclusion, we know that our reward will be received here on earth for pleasing people. But when we want a lasting and fruitful reward, we can lay up our treasures in heaven by loving people the way God loves them; that may mean sacrificing ourselves for people to get His praise – not their praise.

When we get the approval of God we have no desire  to want to be recognized by people. Instead, we will “nurse” people back to life, see to it that they find Jesus as their Source and be on our way to serve people through Jesus alone.

Below we have a picture of a nurse during war time when nursing first came on the scene. I hear Jesus say, “When you serve Me through restoring people back to life, I stand up for you and salute you. It does my heart good to see your love for others without wanting any reward of approval or praise. Therefore, I will lead you up higher and deeper in My Kingdom and will crown you with My glory and grace.”

 

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