What a welcome the crowds had given Jesus as He entered Jerusalem! Their voices hardly seemed to reflect the dire warnings Jesus had recently given the disciples. The crowds greeted Him with praise and adulation, gave Him a welcome fit for a king, and hailed Him as the long-awaited, prophesy-fulfilling, God-sent king of Israel. But Jesus knew not to trust in human praise. All that mattered to Jesus was fulfilling the Father’s will and hearing God’s “Well done, my good and faithful servant!” What matters to you? Where do you seek approval?
At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him. —John 12:16
Prayer: Lord, if I’m honest, sometimes the world’s affirmation allures me. Guard my heart. Remind me to live for Your approval above the roar of the crowd. Let me exalt You only and listen for Your voice alone, I pray in Your name. Amen.
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