“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?
Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men,
I would not be a servant of Christ.”
Galatians 1:10, NIV
It feels good to have the approval of other people. To be told we are performing well or that we are good at something. To recognize our accomplishments or to agree with what we are doing can really give us a boost. However, what happens inside you when others do not approve?
It will say a great deal about your motives and your source of significance based on how you respond when people say they do not like you or what you do. Paul asked himself a question we must all ask: Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Have you noticed how public opinion leaves out all the facts or bends the truth? If your goal is the approval of men, you will vacillate like the wind and neither gain the approval of men or God.
Are you tired and frustrated? In many ways pleasing God is easier than pleasing man. God will never ask you to do beyond what He has called and equipped you to do. The latter part of our verse explains that pleasing man removes us from the responsible Christian position of being a servant of Christ. I know that I was bought by Him, empowered by Him and am waiting for His return for me. He must be my audience and my significance. Pleasing Him is my highest goal.
Do not be distracted today with all the demands of people. Fix your eyes on Jesus the author of both your faith and your life. There is something very settling about living for an audience of only one.
QUESTION: Who is it that you are seeking to please today? Are there activities in your life where you need to shift your focus?