07. October 2017 · Comments Off on ARE YOU TRYING DESPERATELY TO SEEK THE APPROVAL OF PEOPLE? · Categories: God's Plan

“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 NLT).

Beloved, the sentence in our feature text was made by the great Apostle Paul who used to be called Saul and I couldn’t help but contrast his experience with his namesake, King Saul who eventually got rejected by the Lord. But what was King Saul’s issue? Simple… he was a people pleaser who tried all he could to get people to accept him.

After Prophet Samuel told Saul about God’s purpose for his life, he told him that immediately he left his presence, he would begin to prophesy. True to what the prophet said, when Saul left Samuel’s presence, he started to prophesy but the Bible says… “When those who knew Saul heard about it, they exclaimed, ‘What? Is even Saul a prophet? How did the son of Kish become a prophet?’ And one of those standing there said, ‘Can anyone become a prophet, no matter who his father is?’”.… (1 Samuel 10: 11-12 NLT)

Well, how do you think that made Saul feel? But it did not stop there. Saul was eventually appointed king and as he went about his business… “there were some scoundrels who complained, ‘How can this man save us?’ And they scorned him and refused to bring him gifts…” (1 Samuel 10: 27 NLT).

Hmmm… As a result, as Saul ruled Israel, he carried a mindset that made him do everything to win people over (See 1 Samuel 13:8-11, 1 Samuel 15:24) and God finally rejected him as king.

Beloved, people-pleasing is a real problem that we face today. We want to fit into people’s mould of what we should be or look like. We do what we shouldn’t do and go where we shouldn’t go all because we want to be accepted. We want people to like us. Hmmm… how many likes or comments can I get on Facebook or Instagram?

The truth is if we are not careful, our desire to be accepted by men could get us into trouble. The great Apostle Paul was rejected and made fun of but his focus remained on Jesus and you find that he finished his course and was able to say boldly, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” (2 Timothy 4:7 NLT).

Beloved, are you caught in the trap of desperately trying to seek people’s approval? It does not matter what people have said about you to lower yourself esteem. Do yourself a favor and find your identity, significance, and validation in who and what Christ says you are and be free.

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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