Living For God’s Praise

Michael Beck

“Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ …” (2 Corinthians 5:9,10)

We can be very unsure about ourselves. We think we’re pretty smart, or not so bad looking, or talented in a given area, but we need others to confirm the positive feelings we entertain about ourselves. When they do our sense of well-being and self-worth increases; when they don’t it plummets.

Insecurity is a common problem. But it can never be fully alleviated by garnering the praise of human beings. Even if we get complimented on a “good hair day,” what happens when the hair just won’t cooperate, and no praise is forthcoming? Living for the praise of men is a roller coaster ride. We are either soaring high on that flattering remark or down in the dumps because no one is taking notice, or worse, criticizing us.

The one remedy is to live for God alone. Speak, act, dress, for His ears and His eyes. Seek to simply please Him, and win His praise. “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30) Yes, God is willing to praise us if we do what is good and right in His sight. Every woman and man who fears Him shall be praised!

Like He took notice of Job so long ago and boasted of him in heavens court, so God even now is letting angels and devils know what He thinks of us. It will take you awhile before you actually hear Him speak the words: “Well done, good and faithful servant!” but live now for that blessed day.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.