When you are about to do something, who do you ask first to seek validation? If you are being honest, most of you would mention a best friend or even a family member right? Though this may be your natural reaction to decision making, the season we are in now, God says this must stop. Instead of asking others, you need to develop a new habit and ask God first.
For many of us, we know that only God knows the heart of a man. Though people may seem to hold our best interest externally, internally that is not always the case. When you seek the approval of man, you are making that man “your master.” However, because you’ve given your heart to God, this presents an issue. One that comes with division, confusion and double-mindedness. However, if you choose to only serve one master, you prevent the issues that come from that division.
As we enter into this new year, everyone focuses on creating new habits. Though I believe that goals worked on before a set time, actually guarantees commitment, let’s set this new goal together. That in this next year, we set aside the approval of man for something so much greater. We seek God first and trust that what He says, is the best decision for us.
“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.”
Galatians 1:10 NIV
A Quick Prayer:
God, please forgive me for the many times I have chosen the approval of man. Today, I acknowledge my wrongs and repent for each time I set aside your great and wise counsel. Father, guide me into all understanding and truths concerning better ways to seek your wisdom over that of man. Thank you Father for loving me enough to correct my wayward behaviors.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen
Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
In what areas of your life are you currently struggling with people pleasing? How will you prevent yourself from continuing on this destructive path?