Seeking God’s Approval

“As we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who trusts our hearts.” (1 Thessalonians 2:4)

Society has a tendency to cause us to want to be liked.

The problem with the Christian who desires to be “liked” is the tendency to tell people what they want to hear, or to compromise, or “water down” the Gospel.

This is exactly what we must not do.

Paul explains how we have been “approved” by God.

This is by God’s saving grace.

Only once we accept the grace of God, through Christ Jesus, do we find ourselves “approved.”

Paul then speaks about being “entrusted with the Gospel.”

This is attained by knowing God’s Word and having a personal testimony.

The only way to know God’s Word is to read it and study it and apply it to your life. This, in turn, is how we generate a testimony that can be tried and tested and proven to be true.

Finally, Paul states the main point is to please God, not people.

Paul doesn’t dull down the Gospel because it may offend someone. Nor does he cater to the crowd by tickling their ears, telling them lies that will make them feel better, even if the lies are what they want to hear. (Isaiah 5:20)

Refuse to give in to the pressures of the public. Instead, seek the approval of God, and be rewarded as His good and faithful servant.


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