I wish that God’s endorsement was the only approval I craved.
Sheesh… it would make my life so much easier.
But I have a confession.
Too often, I care about what others think… more. And that kind of thinking is a demonic trap that sets me up for failure, because I try to hit a moving target.
What a lose-lose situation.
While I know my Creator loves me – and accepts me – without conditions, there are times I still long for… “more.”
And that “more” feeds my appetite for the world’s adoration… which is full of conditions.
Requirements I cannot possibly meet.
Neither can you.
Just the other day, a friend and I were discussing why this is such a difficult issue for so many of us.
We love Him passionately.
We seek Him daily.
We crave more of Him.
So, why do we still look to the world for our self-esteem?
Because it offers us tangible, immediate, trackable results.
- People want to be our friends, so we feel loved.
- People complement our cooking, so we feel talented.
- People are envious of our toys, so we feel important.
- People appreciate our advice, so we feel necessary.
- People admire our talents, so we feel elevated.
We’re missing it.
Sisters… our sense of value should be firmly rooted in the unchanging approval of the Most High God.
… But walking out this concept is new territory.
I’m coming out of a long season where God and I did some tough work with regard to this very topic.
He used difficult people and challenging circumstances to help me see Him clearer. I faced painful rejection. I surrendered “old” habits. My resolve to be more like Jesus strengthened.
I decided I didn’t want to “fit in” to this world.
And through it all… I’ve learned that my significance is only safe when rooted in Him… alone.
Honestly, the process has been both painful and freeing at the same time.
You know what else? I’ve learned that when I seek God’s affirmation rather than the world’s…
- My other relationships are strengthened.
- I’m not as much of a drama-mamma.
- I am more content with who I am, and what I have.
- I have more confidence all the way around.
- I don’t really care what the world thinks.
Paul shares this concept in his letter to the Christians in Galatia who were looking to please others rather than God.
“Am I saying this now to win the approval of people or God? Am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.” (Galatians 1:10 GWT)
This struggle isn’t a new issue.
Are you exhausted from trying to please a world that is never satisfied?
Do you have an unhealthy craving to hear what others think of you?
Have you placed your sense of value in something or someone other than God?
Maybe it’s time for a change.
What if we took our eyes off ourselves… and focused solely on God?
What if we stopped asking the world their opinion… and asked God instead?
What if we accepted we’re different (not better) than the world… and chose to be content.
What if we quit trying to fit in?
I like it.
So friends… what will it be?
Are you going to live your life always striving for the world’s acceptance?
– OR –
Will you rest in God’s approval of who you are now… stumbles, fumbles and all?
You see, we get to choose.
REALITY CHECK: The world’s approval is shallow and short-lived. But God’s approval runs deep and last for eternity.
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