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Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”

There are three basic needs in human life. To be loved, accepted, and to know we are secure are simple yet, essential needs we carry with us throughout our life. From a child onward, we can see how the abundance or lack of life affects our spirit, attitude, relationships, and so much more.

This passage struck me today for the last part of what Jesus said toot he Pharisees. 

“…for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”

From a business standpoint, I can see where this may be a problem. When your worth is measured against another, when your performance is under scrutiny and evaluation, a child of God may get caught up using worldly principles to rule their life. 

When the business world becomes infused in our churches, and the principles and attitudes become acceptable behavior, then we must step back and reevaluate using God’s Word as our guide. 

We should not have to justify ourselves before men.

Proverbs 27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.”

God places significant importance on humility.

Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Whether we are just a layperson serving in the church, or a paid staff member, or full-time minister, we must all adopt the principle of servant leadership. Jesus placed a significance both in word and in our actions.

Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

To revisit that statement:

“…for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”

Seeking any form of recognition, elevation in status or position would fall under the category of ‘abomination,’ would it not? Favor is something merited, or given upon recognition of the fruit of one’s life. It should not come because of majority acceptance of the ability to influence the masses. 

In God’s economy, the servant is the greatest, not the leader.

Matthew 20:25-28 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

There are some whose life ambitions are to step onto the world’s stage, recognized as stars. Whether it is music, sports, wealth, politics, and even within the church, we cannot use the world’s gauge to measure our success. 

We need to concentrate and focus on just who it is we set out to please. Our relationship with God needs to take precedence over any other. To please Him more than my pastor, boss, or even spouse or family is critical.

To know that seeking after that which is highly esteemed or valued by men is an abomination with God should be a clear line over which we do not cross. Yet, pride is so very subtle that we do not see it until it’s fruit becomes evident. 

Whether it is contention or seeking man’s favor, we must be aware of our pride and how it becomes visible. Our Father, who sees all already knows our hearts far better than we ever will.

Submitting to His leading and following our Guide (the Holy Spirit), will ensure that we never step into the light of glory. 

Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

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