1 Thessalonians 2:4 On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.
Remember being a kid and doing everything you could to impress others. “Mom, mom, mom, mom. Mom, watch this. Mom, are you looking? Mooooooooom. Look at me. Mooooooooooom! Are you watching?” Many of you have heard those words and as children, you probably said them. We tried to impress our friends too. If they could do something then we were going to do it to. We wanted to be picked first for the team and invited to all the birthday parties. We just wanted to be accepted. We wanted someone to approve.
“I approve.” Those are words we all want to hear. We want to be accepted, liked, maybe even loved. We want to know that others think highly of us and want to be around us. But there’s an approval trap that we need to break free from. For if we are so desperate for approval from man, we will spend our lives trying to measure up. We will spend our lives serving people rather than serving God. That’s no good, friends!
When we live our lives trying to gain approval from people, we inevitably compromise what God has called us to. We waste hours trying fit in rather than being who He made us to be. We spin our wheels on tasks rather than on our calling. Break free today! Ask God to break this approval trap from your life. Live each day as someone who is approved by God.
*Does your need for approval hold you back?