“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ,” Galatians 1:10.
During the reign of Darius in ancient Persia, a godly man named Daniel was blessed by God and, because of his “excellent spirit” (Dan. 6:3), the king planned to promote him as governor over the entire kingdom. Because of their jealousy, the other satraps and high officials devised a plan to demote Daniel from his place of superiority: they tricked Darius into signing a decree that prohibited petitioning any other god or man in prayer except the king for thirty days. What do you think Daniel did? He continued to pray three times daily to Jehovah just as he had always done. Why did not Daniel concede to the law of the land? He was not interested in pleasing men, not even the most powerful ruler in the known world. He was interested in pleasing God. As a result, God preserved him while spending the night with hungry lions, and the men responsible for trying to deceive the king did not make it to the bottom of the pit before the lions consumed them.
Here is the question you need to answer today. Are you concerned about earning the approval of mere men or the approval of the God of the universe? Probably, on the surface, we would each immediately say that we want to make God happy. However, when it comes to our daily routines, activities, thoughts, finances, words and habits, we might be sending a different message. Much of what we spend, do, think and say is motivated by and tailored for the approval of other people, not God. In today’s text, Paul leaves no room for a Christian to seek anyone else’s approval except God’s.
JUST A THOUGHT
Will you live for God’s approval today?