Seeking Praise v. Giving Praise
“Like” my post, give me a thumbs up, click the heart, retweet, subscribe, ring the bell, follow, follow back, friend me…. Social media is a praise-seeking machine. Think about it: we post for the likes, we post for the retweets, we seek more and more “friends” and followers and we turn on notifications so we can know the second these things happen. We are seeking the praise of anyone and everyone. It doesn’t just have to be social media. We might be chasing after the praise of our spouse, parents, friends, boss, or co-workers. Do you work for the praise of men or do you work with all your heart as if you were working for the Lord?
And how much of our time is spent seeking praise? Do we spend more of our time and energy seeking praise than we do giving praise? God deserves and demands our all; is He getting it? Or do we reserve our best efforts for ourselves? Do you work harder at attaining praise or giving it to our great God?
“Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.” (Hebrews 13:15)
You see, our culture directs us and encourages us to seek praise for ourselves, but we were created to give praise to our Creator.
“…the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.” (Isaiah 43:21)
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” (John 4:23)
“No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him.” (Revelation 22:3)
We are citizens of heaven, not of this world and we need to look different. Our lives can reflect a Spirit of praise by not seeking praise for ourselves. By putting yourself aside, you can point people to Christ and you can use social media to point people to Him, rather than to yourself. So live for what you were created; spend your energy worshipping and giving praise to our God. Spend more of your time giving praise than seeking it for yourself.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.