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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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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