Live For God’s Approval, Not Human Approval – 1 Corinthians 4
From my reading in 1 Corinthians 4 in the One Year Bible New Testament.
Everyone struggles with the desire to please others.
Social media has made this more obvious, because people can give you an actually “Like”on Facebook or “Favorite” on Twitter. Those of us doing ministry must be careful that we are not living for the likes and favorites of others but the like of God. The Apostle Paul said,
“As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.” 1 Cor 4:3-4
God is the only one who can give the ultimate approval.
Living for God’s approval frees us up from worrying about how we are perceived. It allows you to obey Jesus even if what you are doing is unpopular or misunderstood.
Another interesting thing to note is that Paul wasn’t even living for his own approval!
He was humble enough to realize that even though he was convinced that he was doing the right thing that he could be wrong. God had the final say. God is the final judge for ourselves and for others. Knowing this will free us from the approval addiction and trying to be the judge of others.
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