If the Lord Jesus Christ approved/directed/commanded you to do a work, speak and or write, behave distinctly in the path of obedience unto him.
It matters not another approval or disapproval. For what authority is higher, more qualified than Jesus’? I have long sought the approval of others for an arrange of sorts throughout my life. Certainly there is a place for sound counsel and wise judgement and rebuke from others, yet when it comes to having heard and received from God, friend, it matters not if another is for it, against it, indifferent of it, or has zero thought or concern.
Note well: When this life is over in this world we will in truth give an account to Jesus. It will not be your family who will speak for you, not the governors of your county, not your coworkers, not your friends and neighbours, you, alone.
Recently, by the will of the Father, I heard a message entitled “Don’t Rely on People” by Joel Osteen. The message was clear. I was both convicted and set free. The Holy Spirit used it to tell and remind and warn me that the time for me to be weened off my need for someone’s approval and praise, is to end. Be over with. Done.
It could go without saying but I understand our humanity and its tendencies to depart from an established course, so I will say it… This has nothing to do with arrogance. We all must learn that Jesus’ ways are certainly and actually (as a matter of truth) higher than ours, and as He says, His thoughts are also.
So, with humility and Jesus’ grace, we go, do, and be as He sees right and fitting. He is the Lord, and He is good.
“I Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” Rev 22:16
To testify is to tell of. He tells us of all we need to know and will give understanding to us that seek.
It is a process of maturity when we are no longer dependent upon others approval or disapproval or neither. We set others free when we release them from our false and destructive, in some cases obsessive, need of self completion in another. Not one of us can ever supply each other fully nor must we dear to keep trying. God is the source of all. Yes, relations are precious treasures and we must rejoice before Jesus with a heart of thanksgiving for His abundance of blessings. But also keep in heart and mind, our relations must never replace God. Not ever. Don’t discount this statement too quickly, I assure you we very well idolize in our heart whether aware or unaware of it. I once fed on the approval of my sister without her knowledge. I understand now what I did not or neglected to understand or didn’t care to understand then.
As the scriptures say, when Jesus was now on route to be crucified after having told of it before hand, His friends fled and one denied he was ever His friend. Jesus though still carried on with His assignment given Him from our Father. A passage in John’s gospel shares that Jesus, when being praised by the multitudes for His works, didn’t commit Himself to them.
“Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many believed in His name, when they saw the miracles which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself unto them, because He knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for He knew what was in man.”
You don’t need the testimony of another when in truth the Holy Spirit is guiding and leading your ways, words, and behaviours. You do need the witness of His Spirit and His testimony of you, for whatsoever He said, says and will say about you, and to you, that is true, true, true.
Like my little niece we all begin at a young, baby-like new life with Christ. Our understanding and knowledge of Him, our ways of living life changes as we grow and mature in our faith that Jesus is God and Lord. As our dependence upon our mother’s milk ended so too must our dependence on others validation milk. Look to God for His validation. And graciously allow freedom to others so to release them to fill a need unto you in which they of themselves cannot.
Let Jesus the Christ be your approval that always no matter the cause or appearance, your hands remain clean and your heart pure before God our Father. And may it be said of us that our obedience was better than our scrafice. So let our scrafice be great!
Fellow servant of God, may the righteous King clothe you in a garment of humility as you seek to learn humility before Jesus Christ, that when we speak and raise our voice we do so in brokenness.
Father, Holy One, in the name of the Son, Jesus the Christ, please let us taste the fruit of your Spirit, eat it, chew it, and have it grow tall and wide from within us. May your people seek your approval and disapproval that we may be a blessing before you as we lean onto you and trust in your direction.
Amen God. Amen.
Father keep us in Jesus.