It’s common to seek approval to overcome feelings of rejection and low self-esteem. But pleasing one person can cause a problem for someone else. On our quest for approval, it’s impossible to make everyone happy. So how do we fill the void?
It’s not as difficult as you think. God created you with a specific purpose and plan. Because you belong to Him, what He thinks of you matters most (click to tweet). So just what does He think of you?
How God sees you
He designed you with infinite care before He formed you (Psalm 139:16). Remember the Psalmist David? He was quick to recognize the miracle of life and praise God for it:
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14; KVJ
God’s Word is true. You were created in the image of God. He made you uniquely you: with the looks, personality, and abilities you have. You are a masterpiece.
The right focus
While we often get our hearts set on winning someone’s approval to validate our worth, our vision clears when we focus on Jesus. His actions demonstrated a radical love we can’t deny. He was willing to humble Himself and become a man. He lived a sinless life. Jesus died on the cross in our place. When we put our faith in Him, we will live with Him eternally in Heaven.
Wow! Now that’s love – and there’s even more to it. The apostle Paul mentions a list of adjectives that will fill the void all the human approval in the world won’t satisfy.
Who you are in Christ
Once you’ve accepted Christ’s sacrifice for your sins, God says you are blessed. You have the gift of salvation, the power to do God’s will, and the promise of a future home in Heaven.
You are chosen by God and adopted by Him. If your parents adopted you, you understand they did everything necessary to make you a part of their lives. The same is true with your Heavenly Father – He sent Jesus to make the payment for your sin so that, by faith, you could be restored to Him. Are you sensing His love for you?
He accepts you. You now belong to Christ. You’re on the winning side. Is your approval tank getting full? Wait, there’s more.
You are forgiven. Jesus paid the price for your sins by shedding His blood. No other payment needs to be made. You can move beyond guilt and live in Christ’s forgiveness (click to tweet).
God has redeemed you. You’ve been set free from the slavery of sin. You are free to serve the Lord and to find your approval in Him.
Believing the truth
Do you see God’s plan for you? If you’ve accepted Christ, you belong to Him. He wants you to embrace the truth of who He created you to be. You are accepted, blessed, chosen, adopted, accepted, forgiven, and redeemed. You are wildly loved. Leave the approval of others behind and find your acceptance in Him.
God App for Today: Are you addicted to the approval of others? How has today’s lesson helped you realize how God sees you?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for the truth of Your Word that tells me who I am. Help me live out who You’ve made me in Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Tip: Memorize the 7 adjectives from Ephesians so you can effectively fight the need for human approval and be reminded of how God sees you: accepted, blessed, chosen, adopted, accepted, forgiven, redeemed.
*An excerpt by Maria I. Morgan taken from iNeed God ~ daily downloads for a Mom’s heart. You can receive a FREE digital copy of the entire manuscript when you subscribe to The Daily GPS. Four other writers contributed to the devotional: Joyce Glass, Paula Tobey, Shannon Cochran, and Jessica Brassington.