Praise Who?

“Then Peter spoke up, ‘We have left everything to follow you!’”
Mark 10:28 (NIV)

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Listening to Peter’s rash comment to Jesus in today’s verse, we wonder if he was still in that class of people who trust too much in their own work and too little in the Lord.

Peter’s voluntary confession comes immediately after the sad scene of the rich young ruler who did not give up his wealth to follow Jesus.

Perhaps Peter was seeking to comfort our Lord at the scene of sorrow over the Master losing a potentially fine follower.

Peter may have wanted his beloved Saviour to know that he had put the Lord above his fishing business that he left behind some three years earlier. Or possibly Peter’s heart swelled with pride over his decision to put Jesus ahead of money earned in his trade on the Sea of Galilee.

When any one of us adds up whatever we may have accomplished for our beloved Lord and Saviour, we must conclude with the remark taught us by Jesus in Luke 17:10 (NIV)

“So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say,
‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”

From time to time we are confronted with the temptation to think better of ourselves than we should. One person has made the humbling comment, “We cannot think too little of ourselves nor too much of Christ.” Such is indeed the case. When we wish to see perfection, we look away to Jesus. When we would ponder the result of sin, we need look no further than the mirror to see sin’s sad work.

Yet for all our recognition that we are “unworthy servants” (Luke 17:10) we must tenaciously hold on to the words of Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)

“The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:
‘I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.'”

The child of God rests not in their fine accomplishments for the Lord. Rather the Christian holds on to the notion that God has willingly paid the supreme price to gain us as His people. He paid with the currency of His precious Son’s death and resurrection.

The opposite of spiritual pride is despair. If Satan cannot catch us in the trap of spiritual pride, he will seek to make us loathe and despise ourselves as worthless and of no value to the Lord. Satan does not care which snare catches us as long as we trip up one way or the other. Seek to keep your eyes on the Lord and call to mind numerous times a day the amazing truth that you are precious in His sight and He paid the ultimate price to make you His forever.

Lift up your eyes to see clearly that you are of infinite worth, dear Christian, because the Lord has set His redemptive love upon you. The Creator delights in you and desires your daily, hour by hour company. Return that love today and make Him precious (1 Peter 2:7) in your sight. Make your boast in the God Who chose you in Christ—before the creation of the world.

Ephesians 1:3-5 (NIV)

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world
to be holy and blameless in his sight.
In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ,
in accordance with his pleasure and will—“

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