If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ…. (Galatians 1:10).
As I was processing my heart with the Lord this morning, asking Him to show me what was in need of His renovation He showed me two things. One, He told me not to be anxious and two, He showed me that I care way too much what people think about me.
I’ve got a big day ahead of me today and if I could be quite honest, what my heart and mind are setting its gaze upon isn’t necessarily all about the glory of God, but really, how I’m going to be perceived by other people. Ouch, that hurts for me to admit. It hurts for me to be honest about the fact that behind a lot of my prayers has really been these thoughts of, “I hope people see that I’m capable,” “I hope I don’t look dumb to other people.” Oh, Lord forgive me for caring so much about my image instead of your image in me.
If I could be quite honest, I do this nearly every day. Every single day I’m confronted with this issue in my heart. The issue of caring too much what other people think. I’ve come a long way, but honestly, I still have quite a ways to go.
I care what you think about the blogs I write, the way I carry myself and how I look to other people. I care far too much about the opinions of others. At the root of this is really just the heart of someone who easily forgets their identity in Christ.
Yes, whenever I allow people to define me I flee from the arms of a loving Father who affirms me as His own and calls me His daughter. Resting in the arms of the Father, allowing Him to speak His words of truth over our lives is the only way to be free from caring too much about the opinions of others.
So, if you’re like me, you need to go and sit in your Father’s lap, because it’s much too easy to go looking for the approval of others. When we do this, we will always be disappointed, because people are just people, and sometimes their opinion isn’t filtered through the love of God. If we hang our hats on needing their approval, we will never walk in the will of God for our lives, because we’ll fear what people have to say and structure our lives around our need for their approval.
Lord, this morning I submit my need for approval to you. I thank you that you are already pleased with me. I thank you that I don’t have to live to impress others. I can walk in your freedom and your joy can be my strength, in Jesus name, Amen.