Even your preacher or your church?
Today, whose approval are your desiring?
Listen to what Paul says today in 1 Thessalonians 2:4-6:
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. For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ.
Paul said, I didn’t come seeking your approval. I came seeking God’s. I didn’t come seeking the approval of man, I came seeking the approval of God. I didn’t come seeking to earn man’s praise. I came seeking God’s praise.
Your value and worth doesn’t come from what other people think of you. It comes from what God thinks of you.
He loves you. He sent His son to die for you. And He will do all in His power to help you be faithful today.
Today, in your life, whose praise matters to you? The praise of God? Or the praise of man?
Today, seek your worth not in what others think of you. Find your worth in what God thinks of you.
Because, in the end, that’s the only praise that matters!
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