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

It is totally fine to feel good about what we do during
the day; in fact, attempting to do everything in the best manner
possible is a concept that comes from God. When we are engaged in following the
direction that the Lord has set for us, we should have a sense of
accomplishment and of achievement in what we are doing. However, there is an
important caution that I need to stay aware of while going through my day. So
the question is, “Who am I truly serving; thus, whose approval do I seek?”

Paul’s words pose a very interesting and an important question; since, where we look
for approval and for validation is where our hearts tend to be oriented.
Unfortunately, I do find that it can be awfully easy to lose clarity and to
shift my focus when it comes to knowing that what I am doing is effective. My
desire is to live for Christ, to share the love that He gives to me with
others, and to communicate God’s truth to the people around me; yet, I admit
that having people tell me that something was helpful is very satisfying and
that receiving a negative response can be troubling. That is all fine, and it
is a part of being open and public in my faith. However, when I start to change
what I think that I should say or do and when I consider the potential for
controversy or disagreement before I act on what seems Godly and righteous,
then I am seeking the approval of people. When that is true, Paul is very
direct; he says that in those times I am not serving Christ.

Since this sort of thing does happen, I am truly thankful for God’s gracious attitude and
for His unending willingness to redirect me. There is amazing freedom in
following Paul’s example, for people are difficult to please and the things
that gain our approval are very hard to define; they change continually. On the
other hand, God is consistent and unchanging, and He communicates His wishes
and desires in ways that are understandable. Christ wants me to speak His
truth, He wants me to love fearlessly, and He tells me to share the source of
my strength with others. If I keep looking to God for my approval and talking with
Him about my challenges and successes, serving Christ with every moment of my
day can be my reality.