“If they be…men pleasers or men fearers…they cannot take hold of the Church nor the world for God.” –E.M. Bounds
Do you expect applause from others?
It’s a question that truly only you can answer.
And your answer has less to do with “what you’re doing” than it does “why you’re doing it.”
Do you subconsciously seek it?… Do you expect it?…
Are you disappointed when instead of it, you receive its negative manifestation?—CRITICISM
The answer to these questions speaks to the condition of your soul.
True soul health is rooted in seeking our applause from the proper source.
And what’s the proper source?
Because He’s the only One even capable of judging us relative to our full potential and to all that He’s called us to be.
And fortunately, His applause isn’t based on what we do—it’s based on who we are.
God’s approval of us is relational, not transactional.
In Matthew 3:17, before Jesus had performed a single miracle in ministry, God expressed that He was well pleased with Him.
Because Jesus was His Son…and God’s applause wasn’t based on what Jesus had done…it was based on who He was.
Don’t let the disease to please men infect your soul.
Don’t let it poison your motives and your emotions.
Those who do won’t change the world.