Human Praise Is a Cheap Reward

Luke 6:20–26

If you want the praise of others, you will get it. If you want riches, you might get them. In this lab, John Piper invites us to respond to God’s call to live for something higher.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Luke 6:20–26:

  1. Many of us long for human praise. Is this always a bad thing?
  2. Read Matthew 6:2, 5, 16 and Luke 16:19–25. What do these passages teach about doing things to be seen by others?
  3. Are you living for human praise? Do you pursue God to be seen by others? How can this change this week?

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Principle for Bible Reading


One way that people love to communicate is to use words and phrases that someone else has said in the past to enhance what they are saying now. We quote others to defend, explain, or confirm what we are trying to communicate.

The biblical authors do this as well. When you see New Testament authors quote Old Testament verses, ask what texts they are quoting to make their point or, when they do not quote a specific text, which texts they might have had in mind. Utilizing cross-references, especially when a New Testament verse or passage cites or alludes to Old Testament passages, helps us to have a fuller understanding of what the authors were trying to communicate.

Most study Bibles have cross-references that connect you to other texts in the Bible that relate in some way to that text. Whether connected thematically or by a common phrase, cross-referencing enhances our study when we take the time to look up the verses.