A Better Way to Conduct Life-Look For God’s Approval than Men’s Approval!
“For they loved human praise more than praise from God.” John 12:43.
Remember if they haven’t approved you as of yet, they are not going to do it in the future. God says you move with my sovereign plan for your life and I can deal with them at the opportune time.
Do you know there are people who look for people’s approval even when they make spiritual decisions? This happened to Jesus and to Apostle Paul. Many did not accept Jesus Christ fearing they would be put out of their spiritual assemblies called synagogues. Their name and their acceptance in front of other people were more important to them. Apostle Paul wrote this in Galatians 1:10 regarding those who purposely opposing His divine call – “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
You see, if you constantly look for the approval of people in your circle, you cannot be a true servant of God. 1 Thessalonians 2:4-5 says, “ our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts. Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you well know. And God is our witness that we were not pretending to be your friends just to get your money! As for human praise, we have never sought it from you or anyone else.”
Do you know there are people in my life who would not give their approval no matter what good I did to them, their families and children with the gift the Lord granted me? Does this mean I must not be happy and live in defeat? No, not at all. The same is applicable to you. No matter what good you have done and contributed to the spiritual wellbeing if they have not granted their approval, I can almost say this- they are not going to approve you in the future. So what would you do? Leave it in the hands of the Lord and you move on with what God called you for. God knows why people do what they do in real terms. He only examines the hearts. He can handle it in a far better way. I experienced firsthand how God is good in dealing with them in the past. Praise God. Our Lord is righteous, just and knows how to ask for accounts. He will in the due time.
Beloved, there are so many friends I have in my teach bible circle who sends me encouraging words and comments. I am so thrilled to hear from them. I never met them. But I thank God and pray for them. I praise God for the opportunity to serve him in this platform called ‘teachbible.org’. However, I had people in my immediate circle who looked and even looking at me now with a ‘face’. It does not matter. I am working for my master with the gift He granted me as long as I can. This is the only motivation I have. Work for my Master with whom He had entrusted me. Jesus said and it is recorded in John 9:3-4, “As long as it is the day, we must do the works of him who sent me. The night is coming, when no one can work.” He warned us night is coming when no one can work. Now it is the day. We can still work for our good master who would reward us abundantly in the future when we are going to be with him. Bible says Jesus would say, “’Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:23.
Instead of looking for approval from people, I will show you a better way to conduct your life. Bible says in 2nd Timothy 2:15, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” You look for God’s approval by faithfully doing what God called you to do. Do work with the talent He gave you to gain more talents for the Master.
“Father in heaven, I know at the end of the day what matters is Your approval. I pray Lord instead of looking for people’s approval, give me the courage to move on with your plans and purposes. I know it is some time discouraging the way people discredit you. But it is ok. God know the motives of people’s hearts and He can better deal with it at His opportune time. May I serve you faithfully until you call me home? In Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.”