You’ve heard or read the stories before. About the young person who goes the extra mile to become the absolute best football player, dancer, or academic student they can be in order to gain the approval of a parent or other adult role model. Often, they don’t even like the activity they are attempting to excel in. Their efforts are solely for approval.
Many of us take this issue into our adult lives, don’t we? And the wrong reasoning driving our efforts leads us down wrong paths. “What’s so wrong with trying to do good in the eyes of others around us?” you might ask. Absolutely nothing….until our efforts become so much more people-driven than God-driven that we one day find ourselves out of touch with His will for our lives.
Please understand that even when we are constantly striving to gain favor with God, there will be people close to us who are not content with our actions or choices. And that’s OK. Say that with me…..“That’s OK!”
Philippians 3:14-15 reads…
I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you.
As we (believers) mature in our walk with Jesus we learn to pursue the promises of God over the approval of others.
Who’s approval have you been seeking over God’s recently? Take time today to acknowledge that and offer it to God. Ask Him for forgiveness and that He would point out steps to change course.