The Only Approval that Matters (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 206)
2 Corinthians 10:18 (NLT)
When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.
From social media posts and pictures to glamour magazines to reviews, applause, and promotions, the need for approval is seemingly widespread. Even the most powerful and successful people seek commendation from their peers. But for believers, seeking the approval of people alone is dangerous. It can cause us to miss God’s perfect plan and purpose for our lives.
God didn’t put us on earth to please people or to fill the expectations of others. We were created to live out God’s plan for our lives not His plan for someone else’s life. He enjoys looking down from Heaven and seeing his children be who He created us to be. He made us to do good for His good pleasure not for the approval of the world. When our motive is to please God instead of to gain recognition, we make God proud.
Becoming who God made us to be is a test of character and motive. It reveals our heart and our mind. It shows God whether we trust Him and believe that the only thing that matters is what God says about us, what He thinks about us, and whether we are striving to do His will. If you are always focused on pleasing people, you will never reach the heights God wants you to reach. Pleasing God is not just about his divine appeasement, it is really an exercise in trust. Trust comes from deep down in our hearts and that is what God really wants.
The expectations of other people are very narrow and limited. You will feel stuck and eventually suffocate from the human demands that are never good enough and too high to reach. Thankfully, God doesn’t make things so hard for us. Lasting happiness is found in our being joined to God. He wants us to have limitless potential and boundless energy. When we aim to please God, we will fulfill His plans for our lives and He will bring all of our desires to pass.
“The key to lasting happiness and real pleasure in this world is not found in seeking gratification, but in pleasing God. And while the Lord desires that we enjoy His gifts and the people to whom we are joined, He wants us to know that we were created first for His pleasure.”
— Francis Frangipane