Certain people measure their success by the number of followers they have on social media. Some celebrities have more than 100 million followers. While notoriety can be deserved, Jesus alerts to the danger of seeking and measuring our significance by the applause of others, especially if we use hypocritical tactics to gain recognition from others. In his day some tried to boost their significance by the way they fasted. In Matthew chapter 6 we find Jesus saying this, “When you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” God frowns on us using hypocrisy to gain attention. Certainly, we can accept recognition from others when it is appropriate. Still, we derive our greatest sense of worth from having a meaningful relationship with Christ our Lord.

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