“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” - Galatians 1:10
Paul tells me in Galatians that when the Good News begins to saturate into the depths of my being that my perspective shifts from winning the approval of others to pleasing God. I no longer need to fret about what others think of me, say about me, or even do to me - instead I focus all of my efforts on bringing pleasure to God.
Because of this saturation, the Good News of Christ becomes the central theme of my life story (past, present, and future), and I am set on a collision course with everyone and everything around me.
Telling my story is no longer focused on turning the hearts and minds of others towards me with a hope that they will love me, accept me, and allow me to belong with them, but rather pointing them to the truth of God's Good News. The Good News as author Timothy Keller beautifully describes it in his book, The Meaning of Marriage:
It is that you are so lost and flawed, so sinful, that Jesus had to die for you, but you are also so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for you. Now you are fully accepted and delighted in by the Father, not because you deserve it but only by free grace.
This grace filled truth points people to examine their lives in the light of this truth, not in the light of who I am and what I can do for them. It removes all the pressure from me and puts everything at the foot of the cross - leaving their response in the nail scarred hands of Christ not in mine.
When I pursue the pleasure of God I am slowly becoming more and more a servant of Christ. Day by day my perspective changes and I realize that he is the master and one who has the ability to change and win the hearts of the people I love, lead, and serve. My identity is found in Him and not in the approval of others. This is truly Good News.
Jesus, thank you for loving me even though I am so lost and flawed, so sinful. Help me to tell my story through the lens of this Good News each day. Holy Spirit remind me that my identity is not found in the approval of others but in the truth that I am loved, valued, and delighted in by you.
- What is the central theme of your life story? Do you see the Good News at the center?
- What would happen if you stopped pursuing the approval others?
Make it a great day!