I have noticed lately that I search around for validation or encouragement to a sinful degree. We had an absolutely positive business meeting last night at church. Though we had a lot to talk about it turned out great. Afterward what did I want? Validation for the ‘importance of my role’. I sought discussion on the topic that I might find compliments. I’ve found myself doing this before too.
I mention it because of a simple rule: all sin has its core in unbelief. If I fully believed passages such as Philippians 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” then I would be confident that I had nothing to boast about it my accomplishments but could only boast in Christ, His work and His work in me through His Holy Spirit. Also I would find encouragement from this verse promising that God truly is working in me (Philippians 2:12-13 too).
Now to be clear, the sinful part is not the need for encouragement. One of the things the church is called to do is encourage (Hebrews 10:23-25). But to avoid sin we must not desire encouragement above our desire to see Christ glorified for His work on the cross, His resurrection, His mediation in heaven for us, and the work of the Holy Spirit in us which is the only thing that causes any good to be done by us.
So let us truly take hold of God’s Word in faith to fight and rid ourselves of unbelief.