Paul begins the book of Galatians speaking to the church in Galatia. He is shocked that the people are so quickly turning to a different gospel to follow— which he says is “really no gospel at all.” And then He poses the question “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings or of God? Or am I trying to please people?”
When I read this I had to sit and ask myself that same question. This question wasn't just for the people of Galatia. This is for us too.
Who are we trying to win the approval of? Who are you trying to please?
And to be completely honest, I think for me it is a conscious choice of who I am choosing to keep my eyes focused on each day. The days that I wake up and turn to my bible or my devotional it seems to be a lot easier for me to keep my eyes fixed on Him. And who He says I am. The days that I wake up and somehow find myself on instagram before I even have a chance to take out my retainers, those are the days that I find myself comparing or jealous of the girl next to me. Now I don’t think that is much of a coincidence.
I think we need to ask ourselves this question: who are you letting write your life story? Are you letting God be the author? Or are you letting social media, or your roommate or your parents? And don’t get me wrong, we get to serve people. But there is a difference between serving and living our lives to please others. I would challenge you to ask yourself the hard questions. Who are you pleasing? Who are you trying to win the approval of? And those places that are pleasing other people or other things— I would ask God to reveal those places to you. And then you get make a choice to give them to Him. It may not be easy, but it is worth it because He is worth it. We serve a good God who doesn't leave us. And He doesn’t want us to settle for anything else but His goodness.
God, I thank you that your mercies are new each and every morning. Come and fix our eyes on You and Your kingdom this week.