What Jesus Did! 'The Fleeting Value of the Praise of our Peers' — Luke 11:43

Monday, August 3, 2015

"It will be bad for you Pharisees because you love to get the most important seats in the synagogues. And you love for people to show respect to you in the market places."
— Luke 11:43 NLT
Illustration of Luke 11:43 NLT — "It will be bad for you Pharisees because you love to get the most important seats in the synagogues. And you love for people to show respect to you in the market places."

Key Thought

What drives you? Whose approval matters most? The praise of our peers often drives many of us. While we often talk about the peer pressure that influences our teens, we fail to acknowledge that adults are equally as controlled by it. Religious leaders are not immune to this temptation. If the approval of others is what matters most, Satan will find a way to use that adulation, approval, and need for affirmation to corrupt our message. We must know why we do what we do and say what we say. We must not "spin" things just so that we look good. We are not to do what we do to be accepted. What should matter most to us? God's approval, appreciation, and affirmation must matter most!

Today's Prayer

Father, help me live to honor you with undiluted desire. While I know you will send others to encourage and affirm me when I need it most, I also do not want to "sell out" my faith for the approval of others. Keep my heart, my motives, and my life pure of any contaminant that would rob you of your glory and your place of preeminence in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 7:18
  • John 12:42-43
  • Galatians 1:10

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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