Can the praise of men be a trap?
Isn’t it sad when people praise you but don’t really mean what they say? They are operating from a wrong spirit and are trying to use the praise to catch you out.
Our Lord Jesus Christ went through that during His earthly ministry. The Lord knows the heart of man.
Lets look at this account:
Luke 20: 19- 26
19And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them.
20And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.
21And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly:
22Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?
23But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me?
24Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar’s.
25And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s.
26And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace.
Looking at the above account, in verse 20 these people that went to approach Jesus were spies. Now look at verse 21: Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly:
Sounds good doesn’t it? Yes it does, the praise of men but the Lord perceived their craftiness.
If we are after the praise of man we will not please the Lord. If we love the praise of men, we will fall into traps from the enemy.
As we seek to please the Lord we will not fall prey to the traps of the enemy.
Are you seeking to do the will of the Lord for your life? Then stand your ground and please Him alone.