Persevering through Praise
by Mike Willis
When you receive praise, it can go straight to your head. How can you prevent that, keep doing a great job for the glory of the Lord, and stay humble?
Jesus, through Paul and Barnabas, healed a man who was crippled from birth (Acts 14:8-18). The pluralistic people of Lystra who observed this miracle did everything they could to worship them. Paul and Barnabas did everything they could to prevent it. It was Jesus who called them, equipped them with faith and put them there in that moment.
How to prevent praise from going straight to you head:
- Keep your work for God’s glory, not yours. God created you with a brain and gave you work to do and you are a steward of what’s on loan from Him.
- Do a great job for the right reason, not praise. To honor the one who equipped you and placed you where you are doing what you’re doing.
- Say thank you, humbly and don’t be weird. It is possible to exalt Jesus and also enjoy the moment without being “that guy” or bigheaded.
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