Anchored in God's Verdict

"Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." - Galatians 1:10  
  
In a world where opinions can be loud and approval sought after, it's easy to tie our worth to the judgments of others. Galatians 1:10 poses a poignant question, urging us to examine the source from which we seek approval. The answer, for the believer, should unequivocally be God.

The external voices around us may attempt to define our worth based on appearances, achievements, or societal standards. However, Galatians 1:10 reminds us that the pursuit of people's approval can divert us from being true servants of Christ. Our worth is not found in the applause of the crowd but in the unchanging, unwavering love of our Heavenly Father.

Just look at the life of David, a man after God's own heart. When chosen to be king, he faced skepticism even from his own family (1 Samuel 16:11-12). His worth and identity weren't determined by human opinions but by God's divine selection. Despite the doubts of others, David's significance was anchored in God's verdict.
 
The trouble arises when we allow the judgments of people to shape our self-worth. Rejection, criticism, or even praise can become the measuring sticks of our value, leading us away from the secure foundation God provides. When we seek human approval above God's, we risk losing sight of our true identity in Christ.

Finding our worth in God requires a shift in focus. Psalm 139:13-14 beautifully declares, "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Our worth is derived from being fearfully and wonderfully made by the Creator Himself.
 
As you navigate this world that is filled with diverse opinions, remember the wisdom of Galatians 1:10. Our worth is not contingent on the shifting sands of human approval but firmly anchored in the unchanging love of God. Seek His affirmation above all, recognizing that in Christ, we are chosen, valued, and deeply loved.
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