Praise and Approval

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In today’s first reading from Exodus 32, Moses has a little heart-to-heart with God, asking Him to relent from destroying His people. And God relented. A wonderful statement on the power of prayer. And in the Gospel reading from John 5, Jesus talks about accepting praise. He says, “I do not accept human praise.” And to the Jews, He says, “How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?”

Jesus didn’t need praise or approval from other people. In fact, quite the contrary. He said an awful lot of things that ticked off an awful lot of people. But it didn’t matter to Him. He knew He was doing the Father’s will. And that was His ultimate motivation.

So, what’s your motivation? I think most folks struggle with this a lot. We want to be liked. Don't you find this especially true in the age of social media? We crave those likes and those views. Too often we seek the approval of people, even if God has a different idea of what I should be doing or saying. While I have been making progress with this in my life, it is something that constantly requires work. To be more like Christ, we need to seek the praise that comes from the only God.

Father, forgive us for those times when we turn our backs on you, just to win the praise and approval of people. Show us today Your will, and give us the grace to accomplish it, regardless of what others think. Amen.

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  • Marty: March 19, 2021

    Some folks turn to social media as a source of praise/acceptance/affirmation as they receive little from family or friends. Few social media “friends” can truly be called such. Church, may, provide some companionship, but I wonder just how true those relationships are!

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