Laying Aside the Weight of Approval



For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10


In this world there is so much pressure. Pressure to be the best, to look the best, and to achieve the best. Pressure to agree with everyone and not to offend anyone. I don’t know about you, but this pressure lies heavily on my shoulders. In today’s social media-driven world, it seems as if people continually contradict my beliefs, and it becomes harder and harder not to be swayed by their opinions.

According to this verse, we cannot consistently choose both this world and God; we need to be so rooted in Christ we start to hate the things He hates and love the things He loves. It’s time we stop shying away from God’s truths, hand-picking what we want to believe and what we don’t.

Sisters, the Gospel has set us free from the weight of approval. Persecution, heartbreak, broken relationships—they are nothing compared to what’s to come. So the question I need to continually ask myself is: am I going to stop living for the world and start living for God? Do I want to spend my brief time on Earth pleasing a world that will never be satisfied, or do I want to spend it by pleasing my Heavenly Father?

Jesus is the only way to cure our thirst—He is the living water. Only in Him will we find the weight of acceptance lifted completely off our shoulders.


Father, help me not to be ashamed of the Gospel. Give me the discernment and courage to stand up for You and Your Word. Amen.

Your Turn

Examine your life. Are you looking to others for approval, or are you looking to Christ? Whose approval do you truly crave?  

About the Author

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Raegan Thornhill is wife to an amazing man of God and mom to her baby boy, Weston. She is the director, content manager, and writer at Whole Magazine. She believes cheesecake, snow, a cup of hot coffee, and an episode of Breaking Bad can fix any dreadful day. Her mission in life is to show women of all ages how they can be whole again through the Gospel of Christ. She longs for her writings to be a testament of the mercy and grace God has shown her. You can follow more of Raegan on her blog, Delighted In Him.