I so easily forget the impossible possibility of this walk-pleasing BOTH man and God. But I so often want both worlds at once-to be accepted and counted righteous by God and still adored, respected, and sought after by peers. And no wonder I sometimes find myself lonely or disappointed-not because acceptance is unavailable, but because I’m wanting to have my cake and gobble it up too.
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10
Oh Lord, let us choose the better arms of acceptance, the stronger voice of approval, the more eternal smile of affection-let us seek to please you rather than men. And surely we will find a world of happiness there-covered not only by Christ’s righteousness and grace but also surrounded by others who’ve also chosen the greater approval.