Sometimes I long for more than God’s approval. Oh… you struggle, too? Well at least I’m not alone.
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 fulfillment?
To be honest, I know what it’s like to bask in His approval. I’d even go as far as to say that most of the time, His approval in my life IS enough. The majority of the time, I’m not as concerned about what the world thinks because I am more in awe of what He thinks of me.
But this is new territory for me.
You see this past year, God and I have done some tough work with regard to this very topic. He’s given me people and situations solely design to “thicken” my skin. He has given me ample opportunities to learn that my sense of value needs to be rooted in Him alone. It’s been painful and freeing at the same time, and I am learning that His approval is the ONLY approval I need.
I’ve also learned that when I work for His approval alone… all of my other relationships fall into place. They are strengthened in the process.
Because of that intense work… desiring His endorsement rather than yours is becoming my new normal!
But I still struggle from time to time in one area in particular… my ministry.
Why? Because I pour so much of “me” out by sharing my life and my struggles and my failures with others. Most of you, I don’t even know. In obedience, I throw it out there and trust me… it’s scary to do, because I never really know what others are thinking.
You guys freak me out sometimes! 🙂
So my fleshy desire is to know that what I write means something to you. That what I share impacts you. That God meets you through my daily blubbering. I want that more than you will ever know.
I want to know that you like what I do!!!
But here’s where I get all twisted up… It. Shouldn’t. Matter. To. Me. What. You. Think.
My only goal in ministry should be to do what God is calling me to do. Period. All I should focus on is being obedient to His calling on my life. He should be the only audience I am concerned with.
Oh, that it would be that way permanently!
I wonder in what part of your life you struggle the most with needing worldly approval over Godly approval? Where do you crave to hear others thoughts and opinions? (I’d really like to know)
Here is the key for me: When I spend time with Him daily, my eyes stay focused on Him and not on me.
- I am in His Word
- I am in constant communication with Him
- I submit to His calling on my day
- I confess my sinful thoughts and acts
- I surround myself with Godly friendships and support
- I listen to praise music, absorbing those life-giving messages
But when my day is all about me and what I want… my heart follows.
Listen friends! God’s approval IS enough. Look nowhere else…