Monday, January 17, 2011

They Loved The Praise Of Men More Than The Praise Of God

John 12:43 says "for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God".  This verse, among many in the Scriptures, stands in sharp contrast to everything the world is about, as epitomized by the lustful, corrupt Hollywood crowd.  So many of our actions are driven by a fleshy desire to be accepted by others.  Why is it that today's young people are not ashamed to make statements by spiking their hair, piercing every opening of their body, and wearing strange clothes but Christians are too chicken-hearted to boldly stand for a Holy God who hates sin?  When an unsaved man through extraordinary actions stands against popular culture, he is a testimony against Christians who are saved and know the truth but their life doesn't show it.  Will it be too late and at the end of your life that you realize a "well done" statement of praise from your Creator is better than anything else this life has to offer? What are you driven by? Are you driven by acceptance from family and friends?  Are you driven by work?  Are you driven by personal dreams and ambitions?  Choose rather to be driven by the Holy Scriptures when the Lord said "them that honour me, I will honour" (1 Samuel 2:30).  This is the praise of God.  It is a holy quest, a truly purpose-driven life, and honourable.  But remember one thing: this greatest achievement cannot be attained by those who reject God's Words (John 12:48).  "For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God".

http://www.harvestbaptistcincy.org/sermon-series/gospel-of-john

1 comment:

WeirdHamster said...

Your first blog post of the year! Congratulations!