So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets… (Matt 6:2).
Social media creates a bit of a problem for us, doesn’t it? At least, it does in my own heart. It provides an opportunity for us to be praised by others more often than what’s good for our own personal egos. The likes and comments can feed the soul in ways that become unhealthy. In fact, there are many days when I value the worth of something I’ve done based on how many views, likes or comments it received.
There is very little of our lives that is done in secret without a picture or something being posted highlighting all the good things we do so we can be praised by others.
Jesus reminds His listeners in Matthew 6 time and time again to not practice their good deeds and righteousness before others, but instead to do it in secret so their Heavenly Father may reward them. I wonder how many times I miss out on being rewarded by my Heavenly Father because I posted it on social media to be praised by others instead.
I understand there’s nothing wrong with sharing in the accomplishments and joys of others. I enjoy seeing the good things my friends are doing and the accomplishments they’re making. We need to be careful, though, that we don’t do it so often we start seeking approval from it.
If we could all be honest, we seek too much approval from people as it is. I know I do. I want to be well-liked. I want people to miss me, show appreciation for me and value me. However, what I am learning in life, is that instead of being the person that seeks all of this, I need to be the person that gives this out freely to other people. Therefore, today, on this day, I’m going to purpose in my heart to die to myself so I can raise someone else up and speak joy into their life.
I also want to seek first my Heavenly Father’s approval so that my heart can be showered with His grace. I constantly feel that pull in my heart to find my worth in people’s words, so I understand if that’s where you’re at too. For me, it is a moment by moment dying to myself and taking up God’s banner of love for me instead of the need for praise and adoration from others. Our hearts, our really spinning out of control if we do not find our worth value and identity in God’s great love for us. Truly, He longs to reward us in the secret places of His love.
Abba, I love you. I know you love me too. Sometimes, I get wrapped up in caring too much about what people think of me. In fact, this probably happens multiple times a day. Father, forgive me for finding too much worth in that. Instead, God, I want to be showered with your approval. Truly, that is enough for me. Be my joy, delight, hope, and peace, in Jesus name, Amen.