The Applause Of The Crowd Or The Applause Of The King?

Let me ask you something; Do you enjoy the applause of the crowd? Let me explain.
In previous posts, I’ve shared how God has worked in my life in the last year. God has stripped me down and led me to do some reflection. One of the things God has led me to examine is my motives. Why do I serve? why do I preach? Why do I teach?
This is another transparency post…. I love the Lord and I preach and teach because I am called to do it. But, if I’m honest… I enjoy the affirmation of the crowd as well. Maybe we all do. After all, we are all human and all humans like affirmation. It’s just how we are wired. So, there is nothing wrong with enjoying affirmation but it is wrong if that is our only motive.
God has helped me to see that we preach… I should preach… because Jesus has done something in my life and I want to share that with others. Yes, there is affirmation in it and we enjoy it but, that can’t be our motivation. We preach and teach because we believe that the Savior we are talking about can make a difference in anyone’s life.
So, why do you serve? Why do you sing? Why do you teach? Is it because Jesus has done a work in your life and want to share that with others? Or, do you like the affirmation that comes from it?
Today and in the days ahead, set aside some time and do some reflexion. Be honest with yourself. God knows our thoughts any way so, if you are serving at least in part, because you like the affirmation, God knows that. It’s not like we are going to surprise Him. But, we need to come clean with God and that means confessing our sin.
If you are serving because you like the affirmation, confess that and get that right with God. We serve because of what Jesus has done for us. Period… End of discussion. Today, share with someone the difference Jesus is making in your life.

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