“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galations 1:10
What a hard lesson to learn! I find myself daily devastated when someone doesn’t like me or approve of my actions. I become shocked when I learn that I don’t have someone’s approval, and it hurts my heart. I have to remember, however, that I am living for the approval of One. If I live my life trying to please everyone, I’ll wind up pleasing everyone but Him. We must operate through discernment, the Spirit’s leading, and the Word of God.
“Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!” 1 Peter 3:17
People will often condemn us when we walk out what God has for us. The Word even warns us that if He was condemned, we would be, as well. He didn’t promise that this life would be easy and free from suffering. He did promise us, however, an abundant life if we walk in His presence.
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
Today my prayer is that the Lord would help me to value His Word over the lies of the enemy. It’s time to lay down pride, to deny myself, and to boldly carry the cross, knowing where the most important approval comes from.