Scripture

Galatians 1:10 – 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.

Observation

Paul is writing to the church at Galatia to warn them against a different gospel being taught by false teachers.  The gospel is the gospel with nothing else to be added or omitted to the grace offered by God through Christ.  Here in verse 10, Paul is exhorting the Galatians that the gospel should not be preached to gain approval of man.  Rather, we should seek God’s approval when we truly serve Christ.

Application

As humans we naturally seek the approval of other individuals.  The introspective question that Paul poses is one we need to continually ask ourselves.  What are my motives in doing this service?  I can even be doing the right action but if my heart is not aligned correctly, I could be doing it to seek human approval.  This is especially troubling when we look at this in context of the gospel.  If I can do works and gain human approval then I have my role and God has a role also, thereby diminishing the atoning work of Christ on the cross.   I need to stay focused on Christ and make sure I am serving Him with nothing else before Him.

Prayer

Father, Thank you for your love, grace and the truth in your gospel.  Help me to realize that the gospel is enough.  Let the power of the Holy Spirit guide me to please and honor you not man.

X