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.
In this verse, Paul sums up who we are as individuals.
Whose approval do we seek every day? Is it our parents’, our spouse’s, our boss’s or maybe the approval of our peers? Are we trying to fit in with the crowd, trying to be cool and hip? Are we doing what others expect of us?
We want to be respectful of others and we certainly don’t want to harm others, but who are we trying to please? Are we trying to please the world, or God?
Maybe we’re distorting our intrinsic sense of righteousness in order to fit in with the world?Paul, who started out as Saul, is a good example of seeking man’s approval and in the process denying God. Paul wanted to receive the approval of the leaders. He was so bent on seeking the acceptance of the Pharisees and the High Priests that he persecuted the followers of Christ without mercy. Paul was willing to forsake God in order to improve his standing among the worldly leaders.
Later in Galatians Chapter 1, Paul writes how he finally realized that he was a unique individual given the gift of life by God. He saw that by pursuing the approval of man, he was wasting the gift.
But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace,
God made Paul an individual, just a God made each and every person and thing an individual. And yet Paul denied the righteousness of God, and sought the approval of man. Paul had been blinded by the ambitions of man.
On the road to Damascus God blinded Paul by the light, the light of God. God made Paul blind to the world and so Paul could only see God through Christ. This act started Paul on his spiritual road.
This is what Paul is telling the Galatians and all of us. He is telling us that we are all unique individuals given the gift of life by God.
How will you use that gift? Will you seek God and find God in your heart, or will you blind yourself by seeking the world?
Paul tells us to ask ourselves this question each and every day, am I seeking the approval of man or God?
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