Day 2, "Lay it Down"
The author pointed out something I had not considered before: Jesus jumping from the highest point of the Temple would not have been a private event. I had only ever considered it from the perspective of testing God, but the temptation would have also been to gain instant, widespread fame. Of course, Jesus' name became well known throughout the region fairly quickly as stories of his teachings and miracles spread like wild-fire.
Looking at myself in light of this devotion, I can say that I don't believe I often do things with the intention of receiving acclamation for it. There are actually many ministers who would prefer to be out of the spotlight but the very nature of their position places them center-stage. I do, however, find myself often seeking the approval of others. I don't want empty praise, but genuinely want to know if my work was "good enough." If it were an issue of self-promotion than humility would be the answer, as the author points out. For those of us struggling with seeking not acclamation but approval, the answer is found in remembering that our worth is not determined by the opinions of others but in the eyes of our King who has already purchased us at great cost.
Mike @ DCC