We love being praised. We love compliments. We’re kidnapped by it sometimes. I love hearing how smart I am. I love hearing how well I write or speak. I love being complimented. Right now you are thinking, “this guy is arrogant”. Be honest though. You like it too. It isn’t bad to want compliments. It isn’t bad to care about what others think…It’s really the way God made us.
In The Beginning
In the beginning God creates. Genesis 1 gives us the creation account and within it one word is repeated over and over again. The word: Good.
God makes light…it’s good.
God makes land…it’s good.
God makes vegetation…it’s good.
God makes the sun and the moon…it’s good.
God makes sea creatures and birds…it’s good.
God makes land animals…it’s good.
After He creates those things He (God the Father) has a conversation with the Holy Spirit and Jesus:
 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”(Genesis 1.26)
So man is created and after man is created God says something different over all of creation.
 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31 ESV)
After God creates us in His own image then and ONLY then does God pronounce everything as VERY GOOD. I think that this where every human from the Fall until man is trying to attain. Every person born is seeking this kind of approval. The problem is that due to the Fall man looks for this in the face of everybody else, BUT God.
We want to hear so desperately that we are good. We want to know that we are visible and valued. We want:
Our significant other to think we are the best
Our boss to recognize our talents and know that we are priceless to the organization
Our coach to give us a game ball
To hear that we are handsome (or pretty)
To hear that we are smart
We want to hear that we are good. We want to hear that we are VERY GOOD. We seek it in others and when we get it we feel great for a week, a day, an hour, or a minute. It feels good to be praised. But then we need it again and again and again. We are praise addicts seeking it wherever we can get it…except from the one place that matters.
I know what you are thinking, “So we should care more about what God thinks than what people think”.
That’s not my point today.
The big issue is that God can’t lie. Since the Fall He hasn’t been able to look at mankind and say VERY GOOD. In fact He’s been forced to say just the opposite.
 No one is good except God alone.(Mark 10:18b)
Do you see the dilemma? We CRAVE to be told we’re good. We seek it in sources that aren’t eternal. We need to seek it in places that are eternal, but God can’t lie and so He can’t say that we are good. So how can we hear “VERY GOOD” from a source that actually matters?
 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV)
How do we hear “VERY GOOD”? We trade our lives for Jesus’ life. We take His sacrifice for sin so that when God looks at us He says, “My Child you are VERY GOOD”.