THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
REAL FREEDOM COMES FROM KNOWING YOU DON’T NEED APPROVAL FROM ANYONE BUT GOD
The apostle Paul was obviously NOT worried about trying to please the people around him. It’s not that he didn’t CARE about others. It’s just that he was FOCUSED on serving the Lord. Many times, you may be too worried about what PEOPLE think of you, which inhibits you from following God with your WHOLE heart. There is a real FREEDOM when you realize you don’t NEED the approval of others. You have Almighty GOD’S approval. Stop trying to keep everyone AROUND you happy. Some people don’t even WANT to be happy. You’ve got to be secure enough to say, “I love you, but I won’t allow you to CONTROL me. You may not give me your blessing, but that’s OKAY. I have GOD’S blessing. I’m not a PEOPLE pleaser; I’m a GOD pleaser.”
Galatians 1:10, NIV
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.