I know many households that are comfortable with the way that their house looks, until they make plans to have guests come over. Have you ever noticed this or have you ever done this? Our minds seem to be much more interested in what our guests may think than what we are normally comfortable with. This is a somewhat trivial example of our inherent desire to win people’s approval. This can carry over into our spiritual life too.
Today, maybe more so than any other time we are bombarded with “hot-topic” issues that can sometimes draw a line in the sand and place people on both sides of that line. It may be so much easier to compromise the words of God and be bought by the approval of man but Paul points out in this verse that if he was still trying to please people, he wouldn’t be a servant of Christ. The Bible is God’s Word and when we start to allow our desire to please people and even our desire for happiness to compromise or remove scriptures, then we have determined that the Bible has errors. If the Bible has errors, then who has the authority to determine what is an error and what is not an error? And, if we go down this road of determining what should stay in the Bible and what should be removed, then we ourselves will have put ourselves in God’s position, claiming the authority and sovereignty that only He can claim. We are not God. If God’s Word has errors then the whole thing is void and we have no truth on which to stand. I however, trust in the inerrancy of scripture as stated in 2 Tim 3:16. I choose to seek the approval God alone and attempt to please Him with my life. This has certainly brought me on one side of that line.
That being said, being on one side of the line does not give us the right to ignore other parts of God’s word to produce hate and judgment on anyone else, period. Love God and love your neighbor and let the chips fall as they may. Let’s be a part of God’s Church renewing a reputation of love instead posing as the righteous elite who have got it all together. That’s what the pharisees did and we know how Jesus viewed them.
Today…be bold in loving others, be courageous in serving God and seek His approval. Happy Friday!
Galatians 1:10 (NIV)
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.