“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God?”
Don’t you just love it when a Scripture is able to cut through all of your day-to-day activities, your busy life, your earthly thoughts and worries and just speak to you? Like a good friend who will tell you what you need to hear whether or not you will like the answer. Guess what friends, we have a friend in God’s word.
That’s right, the Bible is my friend. And do you know why? When I need encouragement, it is there. When I need instruction, it is there. When I need love, it is there. When I need forgiveness, it is there. When I need a reminder, it is there. And do you want to hear the most amazing part? (I know you do.)
The words in the Bible come from the one and only, the Holy living God, our creator, redeemer, etc., etc. There are countless other adjectives to describe how great our God is and I could continue to list them but it would fill up the rest of this page and then I’d never get to the point I’m trying to make. So anyway, when the creator of the universe wants you to know something, don’t you think it would be wise to listen? I do.
The Bible teaches us how we are to behave: how to interact with others (both Christian and non-Christian), how to worship God, how to live a holy life on Earth in order to reach Heaven. The goal of every Christian’s life should be to please God in order that we may attempt to repay Him for the gift of forgiveness and the ultimate sacrifice in Jesus Christ and so that we may one day live in Heaven with Him.
Which brings me back to (Gal. 1:10)“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God?” It’s an important question we should all ask ourselves from time to time. Just think about it for a minute. When I go to this place, am I seeking the approval of others or of God? When I do this, am I seeking the approval of others or of God? When I say this, am I seeking the approval of others or of God?
We are commanded to live in such a way that others will see and know we are a follower of Christ. (Matt. 5:16) We should not be ashamed or afraid (Phil. 1:28Josh. 10:25), God can offer us love and protection that the world and man can’t even hope to offer.
We are imperfect and we sometimes fail, we sometimes displease God. We should always remember that no matter how much we think we have displeased God, no matter how badly we think we have failed, there is always hope. We can always return to a life of pleasing God (Luke 15:11-32
Thanks be to God, we have access to His word, and we have access to the very mind of God. We can know what He expects from us and know when we are serving Him correctly. And remember to ask yourself often “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God?” (Gal. 1:10)