In our culture today, we have numerous award shows. We have music awards. We have video awards. We have TV show awards. We have business awards. We have sports awards. All of which are centered on people’s applause. We strive so hard to earn a trophy or award that in 10 years is not going to matter. We celebrate achievement in a certain arena that will soon just fade away. Why is this? Why are we so consumed by what others think of us? Why are we so concerned with opinions that don’t really matter?
Recently I heard Christine Caine speak a message at Liberty University. She made a profound statement that stood out to me. She said “It is better to be marked by God than marketed by man.” In other words, it is better to have the approval of God than the applause of man.
Three out of the four gospels record God’s first words to Jesus while He was on the earth. This is what Matthew records “And behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17 ESV) This points out the importance of the approval of God. Jesus knew that He was marked by God so He didn’t have to strive to be marketed by man. He knew He had the approval of God so He wasn’t consumed with achieving the applause of others. Because of this, Jesus was able to fulfill His purpose in life.
So what is more important to you? Are you more concerned about being marked by God or marketed by man? Are you consumed with the approval of God or the applause of man?