Welcome back to Riddles of the Wise! I’m JB, the pastor of the Littleton Campus of Red Rocks. This journey through Proverbs has been awesome, and I’m excited to share some thoughts on Proverbs 27 today.
Okay, let me be honest. I love to hear encouragement! I mean, who doesn’t like to be praised for a job well done? Or, to have a boss recognize you for all the long and tedious hours you put in? It seems to be human nature to desire praise and affirmation.
I think of my 4 yr. old, and every time I tell him, “Grant, I am so proud of you. You did a great job,” he lights up like a light bulb. You would have thought I just told him he won free Disneyland for life (which, would be awesome by the way!) Even at 4, he desires to hear from his daddy, “Great job, I’m proud of you!”
A verse that caught my attention for today is Proverbs 27:21 when it says, “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise”.
How does praise affect you? Do you work to seek the approval or praise of somebody? Do you find yourself working harder after you’ve received praise?
Our attitude towards praise tells us a lot about our character. As Sons and Daughters of the Risen King, we should not be swayed by the praise of people. We need to remember that we were bought at the highest price to do His work. It is HIS praise that matters. If we are in Christ, then we’ve received the ultimate “stamp of approval.”
Ephesians 2:8-10 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Today, remember that we are not saved merely for our own benefit, but to serve Jesus Christ. We are His masterpiece. If your heavenly Father considers us His works of art, we should not worry about what others think, but rather celebrate a perfect Daddy who loves us right where we are, just the way we are.
Be blessed today, and know that you have all the approval you need. And who knows, Disneyland might be a part of the deal in Heaven!