“We Do Not Need Man’s Approval—Only God’s
Kith and kin to self-rejection is a craving for approval. Everyone needs to feel approved and accepted. Those who cannot approve of themselves seek approval from others. The real danger here is that the approval that the world gives is empty and unfulfilling. Only that approval which comes from God nourishes and satisfies. It is God’s approval we need, not man’s. “In Second Corinthians 10:17-18, Paul writes, “But, ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” All who are believers, God has already approved; we do not need anyone else’s approval. God has already commended us. To commend means to speak highly of. God speaks highly of His people, even if others speak low of them. Next to salvation itself, the truth that we are approved by God is probably the greatest revelation in the Bible. “Ultimately, seeking approval from the world is a vain pursuit, especially for believers. God’s Word actually promises that the opposite will occur. All who bear the name of Jesus and seek to live in obedience to Him are guaranteed to experience persecution from a world that is hostile to His name. As Paul wrote to Timothy, his young protégé in the ministry, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus “will be persecuted” (2 Tim. 3:12).
In the final analysis, the world’s approval means nothing. The way to true blessedness and joy is through obedience and identification with God in Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself made this plain when He said:
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you (Matthew 5:10-12). “There are a lot of people who spend their lives living for the approval of others. Too many believers are caught up in looking for “fans,” too worried about what others think of them. We are not to be so concerned about who approves or disapproves of us, but remember that God’s approval is “what counts. Those whom God approves are approved indeed. Jesus warned, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt. 10:28).
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