1 Thessalonians 2:4 (ASV)
but even as we have been approved of God to be intrusted with the gospel, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God who proveth our hearts.
To be “approved of God” means we have been accepted, made worthy and found to be commendable. Furthermore, God’s approval of us means God thinks well of or has a favorable opinion of us. All this was made possible by the finished work of Christ on Calvary.
How do you feel about yourself today-or most days for that matter? Many people drudge through life trying to prove themselves to parents, bosses, spouses, friends and even God that they are good enough. When we live for the approval of others we “frustrate the grace of God” in our lives (Galatians 2:21 KJV). Striving to secure the approval of others results in our own principles being violated in pursuit of acceptance. This can have dire consequences, such as poor health, due to stress and overwork. Even Lucifer tempted Jesus to prove himself by saying, “If you’re the Son of God command these stones to become bread.” The unruly crowd taunted Messiah saying, “If you’re the Son of God, come down from the cross.” In other words prove it! Those who need proof from you don’t approve of you anyway. Jesus knew His purpose and was secure in His Father’s plan, never seeking the approval of man – not even for a split second. Jesus could care less what His approval rating was from day to day. Scripture says, “He made Himself of no reputation” (Philippians 2:7), and “…Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God…” (Acts 2:22). The take-away for us: you don’t perform to be approved; you are approved so you can perform. Knowing who you are “in Christ” frees you to be the best you can possibly be – for God and others.
Just a thought,