galatian

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. - Gal. 1:10

Paul spoke these words to the church of Galatia when he found that false teachers were trying to change the gospel. As we see here, Paul was notwas intimidated by the false teachers. The reason is because winning the approval of human beings was not his goal. He was after God’s approval.

3 things to remember:

1. We live in a world FILLED with opportunities to get approval from people. If you get a compliment on your dress, you might start wondering, “Well, are there other people who like my dress too?” If a guy looks at you, you might start to wonder, “how many more guys are looking at me? What kind of guys think I’m cute?” Today, I just want to encourage you to clear your mind of the distractions of human’s approval. It’s not bad to receive approval, but that’s not what we’re after. What we’re after is something that actually lasts…God’s approval.

2. When you become a servant of Christ, you are no longer in the business of people-pleasing, even if it’s well intentioned. This doesn’t mean that we suddenly become mean or arrogant people and stop being nice to people. It’s actually the opposite. When you become a servant of Christ, you are loving others not so that people will like you, but so that people will be pointed to Christ. By you being a servant of Christ, you have the opportunity to bless others and build relationships that all lead to the ultimate relationship, and that is a relationship with Jesus Christ.

3. Whether you’re in a relationship or desire to be in one someday, understand that relationships are about being a serving one another. There is love, patience, gentleness—this is what makes a beautiful, lasting relationship. Not a certain kind of make up, or a certain body type. Not some list of materialistic requirements we make up. Focus on being a servant of Christ, and when God sends you the man you will marry, he’ll be blessed by who you are in HIM!

Biblical context + further reading: Gal. 1:6-10
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Alexander Siddig in Kingdom of Heaven (2005)