“We Do Not Need Man’s Approval—Only God’s


“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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7 comments on ““We Do Not Need Man’s Approval—Only God’s

  1. Pastor Shockley, how right you are when you say, “Too many believers are caught up in looking for “fans”. They often support and help out in their Church or community programs but, when it comes to following the Spirits lead in their everyday busy life they pass by many opportunities to be a friend in Christ. Even in simple everyday politeness like holding open a door, helping a lady with her groceries, is an opening to share God’s blessing. From there, who knows where the Holy Spirit can take the conversation. Most often there is a fear of being rebuffed. So What. We only need God’s approval.

  2. “The way to true blessedness and joy is through obedience and identification with God in Jesus Christ.” Such a true statement, because when we fall out of obedience we fall into sin, and sin strives to distance us from our Savior. Yet, even though the sin distances us, we still long to be accepted, approved of, and that distance with the Savior leads us to seek that approval from the World, which leaves us empty and seeking more acceptance.
    How many times I have gotten caught up in that vicious circle. How thankful I am for a Savior, a God, who gives us REDEMPTION! How freeing it is to repent, to turn away from our disobedience and find life and freedom in His Love and Grace and Forgiveness.
    I also think it falls heavily on us as Christians to remember our commandments to Love. When we become to “clicky” with ourselves, when we become to prideful about “who we are”, we may actually leave brothers and sisters in Christ on the outside instead of loving them. Looking for those “fans” as you put it, instead of cultivating loving relationships. Our God is a God who is a Trinity, who has perfect community, and we are created as relational beings. We need to be leaving ourselves open to encourage and uplift one another, sometimes our fellowship with one another can help us to keep our focus on God’s approval over the approval of man or the World. And to the non-believer, how beautiful must a Godly community of love look, how do we reflect God’s image when we live by Faith instead of by the World’s standards?
    Another wonderful thought provoking and convicting post, Thank you for sharing.

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