But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.
2 Corinthians 10:17-18
Many people believe themselves the last Coca Cola in the desert. These people live by praising themselves and proclaiming their achievements, apparent or certain, through social networks. Sadly for these people, self-praise does not mean they have God’s approval. The only sign that we are approved is that it is God Himself who promotes our praise. This cannot always be evident in this life; but the Spirit Himself will give us testimony, even if the rest of the mortals do not know.
Service to God is not to do so mediocre but He deserves the best, everything for Him must be done with excellence. From that Paul speaks in Colossians 1:10, that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Once we are saved by grace, our response must be to please those who saved us without deserving it and our works, henceforth, must be according to the will of God and not according to our humanity.
The growth in the knowledge of God is acquired through His Word. Fortunately for all, our Heavenly Father desires to be known and established in Jeremiah 9:23-24, Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.
God wants us to know His character, so it is vital that we devote time each day to searching the Scriptures, praying and having intimacy with Him. And as the call to salvation follow the call to holiness and service, we must acquire dexterity in the handling of the two-edged sword that is the Word of God. 2 Timothy 2:15 tells us, Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Reaching God’s approval and being praised by Him is not an easy task nor does it come without suffering and suffering. 1 Peter 2:20 says, For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. Enduring trials, rejection, affliction and tribulation to the end is the key to being approved and praised by God. It is very difficult, but the reward is worth it.
That reward is in Revelation 7:13-15, Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. The coming of the Lord is near. That on His return He find us approved so that we hear from His lips praising us saying: Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord. God bless you.