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A couple of days ago, we discussed that most people enjoy being praised and applauded. I think this is a key part of our human nature. Sure, some people get carried away craving approval and applause. But the desire for approval is basically good. In fact, Jesus promises recognition and praise to his faithful followers. In Matthew 25, Jesus tells the parable of the man who left and entrusted wealth to his servants – usually called the Parable of the Talents. In the story, the man eventually returns to settle accounts. He praised the faithful servants who used his wealth to gain more. He said to them, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Later, Jesus talked about the Day of Judgement, comparing it to separating sheep from goats. What a setting — multitudes gathered for judgement before Jesus! We usually think of this scene as sentencing in a court — that’s why we use the word judgement to describe it. But it is also a public recognition where Jesus will bestow praise on his faithful followers. As Matthew 25:34 (NIV) says, “The King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.”
Stop for a moment and look at all the faithful followers of Jesus you know. If you are looking for whatever is praiseworthy, you can find it in faithfulness to Jesus.
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