You don’t need the world’s approval, only God’s. If God be for you, who can be against you?
~Pastor John Hagee~
Let’s pray that our Heavenly Father will help us to stop being “people pleasers” and start being “GOD PLEASERS”!! His really IS the ONLY approval we have ever needed and the only approval that we will ever need!! Let us pray that His is the only approval that we will ever seek!
If YOU are one of those Christians who actively pursues and sometimes even begs for the approval of other people, think about this for a minute; Those same people who you are trying so hard to please, they have to go to God for forgiveness, for grace, for mercy, for strength, for HELP… just like you do! They are no better/worse than you are! They are HUMAN… just like you! They cannot give you the miracles that you need to see in your life. They can not solve any of your problems or give you the wisdom that you need to be able to solve them yourself. Men can not give you new strength when yours has run out or give you peace when you are anxious. A mere man can not make your cup “run over” with the blessings of God. He can not offer answers and explanations for ALL of the many questions that we have about the ways, thoughts and plans that are so very much higher than your own.
These people who you try so very hard to please and that you beg to accept you… these people, whose approval has become so extremely important to you… they can never give you ANY of these things because… they themselves must go to the throne of the Heavenly Father AFTER they have been to the Cross of Christ! There is only ONE place to find ALL that we will ever need. There is only ONE who can offer the approval that we so desperately seek. He is the ONLY ONE who is worthy to give it, and that is why each of us must go to Him and ONLY Him for ANY need that we have… including approval.
Why would we seek the approval of a mere man when we can have the approval of the One who endured death on a cruel and humiliating cross; a cross, a death that should have been ours? HIS is the only approval that matters at all. And you know what? You already have it! When He looks at you, do you know what He sees? If you have put your faith in Jesus and have accepted His gift of salvation, when He looks at you, God sees the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ! And you know what? He approves!
Trusting in Him,
~Shirley Ann Washam~