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Whose Approval do you Seek?

Whose Approval do you Seek?

“But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.” 1st Thessalonians 2:4

One movie that I enjoy watching whenever it comes on television is the movie The Devil Wears Prada. In the movie, the character played by Anne Hathaway goes through a full circle transformation in the process of seeking approval from her boss, played by Meryl Streep. She starts off as a passionate and down to earth aspiring journalist who winds up getting a job totally out of her element as an assistant at a fashion magazine. Working at a fashion magazine and originally being less than concerned with anything about fashion she undergoes a makeover and her personality changes as well working under a demanding boss who constantly interrupts personal plans to have her work requests met. In the end Anne Hathaway’s character looks back and sees what drastic and dramatic changes she’s undergone and people near and dear to her she lost because of her need to seek the approval of her boss. She sees that she does not want to be that person and returns to her roots finding a job at a local newspaper where she can do what she loves and still stay true to herself.

How many times have we as Christians found ourselves in a similar situation as in the movie and lost our way and ourselves in the never ending quest of seeking approval? I know I have in times and am sure you have as well. So what do we do then instead of seeking worldly approval and that of man rather than that of our Heavenly Father? We can do this by RESTing in Him

  1. R-Remember who and whose you are “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1a) God so loves each and every one of us and wants and calls us into relationship with him. We don’t have to be perfect, He calls us to come to Him as we are. In our weakness He is strong and we can be and do what He has called us to.
  2. E-Embrace your identity in Him “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1st Peter 2:9) In Him we are whole and we are complete. He sees us as holy no matter what we have done that we feel like we have been a disappointment. Knowing this and how great His love is for us as His creation and prized possession calls us to live and walk different and to live loved. He knows and loves us fully and we should live in a way that shows that we know and embrace His love.
  3. S-Show others Love and Let your light shine for Him “Let your light shine before men so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16) As Christians we are called to serve and love others as He has loved us. But we do not do this for approval or to be seen. We do this out of the overflow of our hearts to love as we have been loved. Yes we may get acknowledged and complimented but we should not seek those things. Our actions should ultimately bring Him glory and that’s the only approval we should be seeking.
  4. T-Turn away from worldly approval and seek heavenly applause “For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10) The praise or need for praise from man will lead us down a dangerous path. Man’s praise is empty and the more we get the more we feel we need. God’s praise rather is fulfilling and satisfying and fills us with peace, hope and joy. We all want to be affirmed and affirmation from people is not a bad thing. We should however turn that affirmation we get into praise back to the only one who should get the credit, the Lord. I pray that you are filled with REST as you seek to please God rather than man.

 

-by Jasmine Luter