Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Whose Approval Are You Seeking?

"Am I now trying to win the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." (Galatians 1:10)

Whose approval do you most want to receive?

Who does it matter most to you that they recognize and appreciate what you do?

If we're honest, we probably all have people in our lives where knowing they appreciate, value, or approve of what we do is important to us. We want to hear from them we're doing a good job.

I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with us, unless getting their approval becomes the driving force behind all that we do and the choices we make.

Sometimes being a follower of Christ means we have to do the unpopular thing. And the people we want to hear tell us we did a good job, won't necessarily like what we do.

It's in those moments when we have to decide to do things to please God, not other people. That's what Paul is talking about in Galatians 1:10. Learning to live for God's approval rather than man's.

It may not always be easy, but it is important. In the end, it's God's approval that matters.

Whose approval are you seeking?

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