Confessions of A Recovering Approval Addict – Rom 2

From my reading in Romans 2 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

I am a recovering approval addict.

In my past, I have cared way too much what others think of me. I still get a little nervous going into social situations because I want to make a good impression.

Unfortunately, I’m not the only one who struggles with this. Many of us change who we are to fit the status quo of those around us. Many of us check our Facebook or Instagram at least once an hour to see who liked our post. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans says something powerful about whom we are trying to please. He is talking to people who are trying to impress others and be right with God by following Jewish laws, like being circumcised.

“No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people” Rom 2:29

A person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, NOT PEOPLE!

Religious people are especially vulnerable to falling into the approval trap. If you play the game, say the prayers and do the good deeds, then you are seen as holy. But someone who truly pleases God is one who is humbly living to glorify God.

Who are you trying to get praised by? People or God?

I challenge you to live for God and stop worrying so much about what people think!

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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