We tend to long for people’s approval, don’t we?
And that approval can become our measurement of success, our measurement of worth, and a roadmap for where to strive next.
We begin to look for clues from the world to confirm to us that we are on the right track.
But honestly, when will the ‘world’ really ever confirm that to us? The right track is a foreign path to the world. We realize this, and yet still want to meet their measurements of worldly success.
It is a trap that is so easy for us to fall into without even realizing that we’ve been caught, taking our focus off of God (Heb. 12:2a) and pleasing Him in all respects (Col. 1:10) and then as a result, fixing our eyes on man.
But thankfully He won’t allow us to sit comfortably in that condition.
Because He has a higher standard than the world’s and knows what He has truly called us to, not only to do but also what He has called us to be, it is impossible for the world to ‘measure’ that success.
And if we are looking to this mixed up, upside down world, “who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness” (Is. 5:20) for the clues for our next steps of success, well, just with common sense, we should realize that we need to pause that thought and reconsider.
Questions to consider:
-Where are you looking to ‘the world’ and for the approval of man to affirm that you are on ‘the right path’?
-Is there something that you know the Lord has called you to do that you also know people (the world) will never ‘approve of’? Who will you serve? God or man? Serving God in holy obedience will have you serving man in the most helpful way.
It is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only” Luke 4:8 (written about here).
Next time we will talk about whose definition of success we are chasing.
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