One of the most difficult things that anyone deals with in missions and ministry is praise from other people. We cannot control what others say to us or about us, but we can control how we respond. After the healing of the cripple in Acts 14, the crowds elevate Barnabas and Paul to Greek gods. Immediately Barnabas and Paul make it clear that they “are men of like nature with” the people (14:15) and turn their attention to the “living God, who made the heaven and the earth…who did not leave Himself without witness…to satisfy your hearts with food and gladness” (14:15-17).
A key test of our effectiveness in missions or ministry is whether we “love the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God” (John 12:43). As Pharisees, the praise of man was more important because it made much of them. John the Baptist is our model: “He (Christ) must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
How do you redirect the praise of men to the One who is only worthy of praise?
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