Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Approval Trap
This week I started the Bible study Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman. I am an online Bible study leader with Proverbs 31 Ministries with Melissa Taylor and this is the study we are currently doing.
As I mentioned in my previous posts, I didn't really think I needed this book. Control issues...me? Not a problem...or so I thought. God is opening my eyes (as I had prayed at the end of the last Bible study, Greater by Pastor Steven Furtick). When God starts to show you areas in your heart that need changed, it can be hard. God loves me just the way I am, but I am forever thankful that He loves me too much to let me stay that way.
Whenever I thought of Collosians 3:23 in the past, I would think of working hard at something, doing it with excellence and to the best of your ability as unto the Lord.
This week, God is giving me another perspective. This perspective is about MOTIVE.
We can do all kinds of good works and ministry, but WHY are we doing it? Why am I doing it?
Am I writing this blog today to see how many comments or "likes" it will get or am I writing it out of obedience, to help others, and bring glory to God?
Am I leading Bible studies so others will think I am spiritual and hold me up as a leader or am I doing it to help women become free and bring glory to God?
Whenever I do anything, am I doing it for recognition and praise? Am I doing it for God's glory or am I doing it for mine?
These are hard questions. I need to be sure my motives are right and pure. I think most of the time they are, but are they always? It is easy to get caught in the trap of seeking approval.
Approval is a trap because it is an unending abyss. The more approval one receives from man, the more one craves. Nothing satisfies and nothing can fill it. The only way out is filling the hole with the assurance of the approval we have from the Lord. We don't need the world's approval when we know we have His.
We all need to remember that God ALREADY approves of us. We don't need others to approve us, He does!
Now when I look at Colossians 3:23, I see that in whatever we do, we need to be sure we are doing it FOR the Lord and not for ourselves and not for the approval of man.
I am taking a hard look at my inner self this week to see why I do what I do. Lord, I pray it would only be for Your glory and never for mine.
Father, I pray for a pure heart before you and man. I pray I would not do things for the approval of man, but rather for Your glory. Father, forgive me to the times I have sought the approval of man and even longed for it. Father, thank you for opening my eyes and helping me see areas You want to change. Change me Lord. Help me know I am approved of by You. Help me know I don't need to seek approval anywhere else. I love you. In Jesus' name, Amen.