We have an innate desire to be praised by men. We like to have our work and our accomplishments exalted and praised. Often, the things that garner praise from men are contrary to the ways of God. Instead of placing His glory at the forefront, we glorify ourselves.
We are wise to remember that everything costs something. Success in the eyes of the world can often be the worst possible thing to pursue. Gaining success in the world may cost you your marriage, your friends, your church, or your integrity. Nothing is worth losing those. Jesus asked, “What have you profited to gain the world but lose your soul?” Many have sacrificed nearly everything sacred in their lives to gain what they think will satisfy or deliver happiness, only to be disappointed.
The main problem with man’s acclaim is that we love it. We must replace our desire to be praised by men with a desire to please God. If we honor Him, nothing else matters. The world can count us as failures, but if God is pleased, all is well. This kind of attitude enables us to persevere through any trial.