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 follower of Christ.
How often do you think about the opinions that other people have of you? Look at yourself closely, how often do you seek their approval? We can’t always have both the approval of human beings and of God. We need to choose wholeheartedly whose approval matters more, and we must be “all in,” when we choose to serve God. God’s approval is the only one that matters but God’s message isn’t always what people want to hear.
“For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven.” (Philippians 3:18-20)
‘Our citizenship is in heaven,’ this should be exciting! We’re here on this earth to be ambassadors for Christ and to bring as many of God’s children, our brothers and sisters, “home” with us.. Though, as an ambassador for Christ, we would not be showing who God is if we weren’t “all in.” Therefore, we can’t be an ambassador for Christ if we aren’t “all in.” We need to be living in the now, living to please God every moment of every day. If we are living to please God, if we know we are on the right track, it doesn’t matter what opinions people have of us.
Why should we feel shame if we are living boldly for Christ?
What does “all in” mean to you? How would you live today differently if you were trying to win the approval of God?