Upside Down (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 74)
Galatians 1:10 (NLT)
Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.
If we would be honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that at some point and time, our lives were upside down. Maybe it was while running or maybe it was during a tough day at work. But we don’t stay upside down all the time. If we did, we would eventually die. And we would die because we were not created to live upside down.
One of the ways our lives can get into this upside down position is by trying to win the approval of people. When we focus on being liked by others, it is impossible to serve God effectively at the same time. In seeking to live up to people’s standards, we fail to measure up to who God created us to be. When God made us, He had a special purpose in mind, and He wants more than anything else for us to fulfill it. Stop seeking the approval of people; God has already approved you.
The thing is when we attempt to live for people, we are disappointed and the people we are striving to live for are disappointed as well. We’ll never be as perfect or as good or as beautiful or as educated as someone else wants us to be. God is the only Somebody who will accept us just as we are. He does not wait for us to become good; He makes us good. He does not force us to know what we’re doing all the time but He knows what He’s doing.
We don’t have to remain upside down in our lives. God is the anchor through which we can live a right side up life. Pleasing Him and being faithful to Him should be our primary goal. We can experience a shift in our hearts and our souls by giving our lives over to Him and becoming committed to living up to His standards. Jesus came into the world to set everything right in our lives. When He does, we experience a shift towards peace, joy, and eternal satisfaction.
“True faith means holding nothing back. It means putting every hope in God’s fidelity to His Promises.”
— Francis Chan