New Testament Reading Reflection Week 11
Written by: Garrick Fieger
Galatians 1.10 (Previous Hebrews 12, 13, and Galatians 2 and 3.)
I love reading the New Testament. Especially the books that Paul wrote. I always feel like I am being talked to by someone who personally wrote me a letter. Instead, Paul was writing a sermon to preach some 2000 years ago. He says the things I need to hear the way I need to hear it, applicable to today.
And heres the thing I really think is crazy: others feel the same way!
Here is an example of what I mean about Paul...
10 Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.
Firstly, who else would start a sentence with the word “obviously” other than someone like us (yes I have included you). Obviously, Paul is attempting to bring about an emotional occurrence for us to hear him. He says we as followers of Christ should not be striving for the approval of people, but the approval of God.
The amazing thing about Paul is that he also shares in Hebrews and Galatians that one of the gifts from God to us is grace. Grace means that this “approval” we seek from God is not even the same kind of approval as we would seek from the people around us, but something bigger.
God accepts us, welcomes us, invites us into His fold, and all we need to do is say yes. “If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” Again, blunt, but purposeful. If our focus in life is giving glory to God, worshipping Him by making everything we do about Him, then we are approved (through grace) and given the most fulfilling feeling of acceptance: peace from our God above.
THAT is the REASON we BELIEVE and WORSHIP our GOD.
I invite you to think and pray over this question:
Where this week can you stop seeking the approval of people, and instead focus onGod and give Him your attention, affection, and adoration?