Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
I was reading this verse and I couldn’t help but ask the question, “Why am I doing what I do?” Do I serve the Lord and others for the approval of man, or ONLY because I am a servant to Christ? Do my actions flow from purity and love when I’ve been wronged? Do I do what the Bible commands when it costs me popularity, or comfort? Who am I living to please? Every single action weighed under the microscope of the Holy Spirit, searching my heart and motive. Often times I get into such a fast pace I don’t consider the “why”. I don’t always wake up intentional and ask the Lord what are HIS plans for me that day. What does He see as important and am I working for Him or for me ? It’s a convicting thing that leaves one crying “search my heart Lord and know me…”
I want lasting fruit as I serve the Lord and the longer I do the more I realize constant refining is the only way to attain that. I will not always be understood, the task will not always be easy, the pain may be great and the praise very little. But if my heart’s desire is only to serve Jesus and to please Him all my fulfillment will also lie there too. I want to live the life that truly provides the evidence of a servant of Jesus Christ. Living for His approval alone is the only way I can do that. I pray for His strength to surrender the things that do not matter for the only one who does.
Pastor Natalie Snider