“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 ESV
I had a conversation with a good friend of mine reflecting back on the goodness and faithfulness of God despite our brokenness and sinfulness. More specifically, we were discussing mistakes we had made when we were single and dating (she’s married now, but I am not). It grieved my heart greatly whenever I disclosed to her how much I used to desire attention from a boyfriend, even elevating him to the position of where God was supposed to be…thus breeding idolatry. I craved compliments from guys or when they would buy me flowers. It made me feel special. I indulged in my insecurities, settling for guys who didn’t respect me, my purity, or my relationship with God. I needed someone to protect my heart, but I flirted with compromise…and I compromised a lot, thinking if I could gain acceptance from a guy then that would make me feel whole and satisfied. The temporary feelings of happiness were filling my cracked heart.
Christians, we must look to the Gospel and know we are to be obedient to God and seek His approval above all else. It doesn’t mean we have to attain this supreme level of perfection, but we must submit to God wholly in all areas of our life. Just like Paul who wasn’t going to preach corrupted doctrine to seek favor from men (Galatians 1:9-10), we need not to conform to the world to gain acceptance. Ladies, don’t fear being rejected by men because we are accepted in Christ. He is the ultimate source of joy that is everlasting…not fleeting like this world and everything in it. We must give our hearts to God and preach ourselves the Gospel while standing steadfast in our faith in Jesus.
Dear heavenly Father, I confess to you my wicked desires of seeking the approval of man and humbly repent. Please heal the brokenness I have and help me embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to stand firm in it. I plead with You to give me boldness and a servant’s heart. Thank you for loving me and for supplying me with everlasting joy.
Are you seeking the approval of man or God? Reflect on Galatians 1:10, and examine the areas of your life where you might be compromising the truth of the Gospel.