Yes, it feels good to receive approval, and be told how wonderful we are … by people around us.
But we must be very careful. It’s easy to become intoxicated by the praise and approval of our peers … and to become deceived … and misled by that intoxication.
We can quickly find ourselves being tempted to engage in undesirable thoughts, words and deeds to gain the “human” approval we … desire. Do you recognize the hypocrisy?
And … we can just as quickly forget the “Godly” approval that we … need. Do you recognize the tragedy?
The approval of man is fleeting … and the “reward” can be deadly. Jesus warned us plainly …
Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Matthew 6:1
In blessed contrast, the reward for seeking the approval of God … is Eternal.
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12
Make no mistake … we are not condemned for simply having desires … our desires are natural. But we must always measure our desires against our needs.
How do our Earthly desires get us in trouble?
Trouble comes when we allow one, or both, of two things to happen:
Our desire for the approval of man exceeds our desire for the approval of God.
Our desire for self-gratification exceeds our desire for submission to God’s will.
My friends, we must control the pursuit of our desires. Our desires, although desirable … can lead to death.
Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. James 1:15
The rewards, and consequences for receiving the approval of man vs. the approval of God … are as far apart … as life is from death.
no reward from your Father in heaven vs. the crown of life
So, I ask you … whose approval are you seeking?