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The Gospel of John-Day 10

March 29, 2019 by Matthew Sink 0 comments

John 2:23-25Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on His part did not entrust himself to them, because He knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for He himself knew what was in man.
 
Hi, my name is Matthew, and I’m a recovering “Approval Addict.” Like most people, I crave the approval of other people. When I post on social media, I check regularly to see how many people have “liked” my post. I judge a picture on how I look in it, and I often judge how I look on how people TELL me I look! When I preach a sermon or a Bible Study class, I gauge its effectiveness on the positive comments of the people in the room. I love the approval of others… sometimes more than I love the approval of God.
 
Jesus did not live that way. He did not need man’s endorsement or recommendation. He was not interested in how many people congratulated Him on His sermon or posted about it on Instagram. He fixed His eyes firmly on His Heavenly Father, and He lived for an Audience of One. If people were offended but God was pleased, Jesus was good with that. If people were impressed, Jesus almost shrugged. After all, He knew what people were about. He knew the fickleness of the crowds. He set His sights on something more permanent.
 
Living for the approval of others means performing every day for the reward of a temporary illusion. How exhausting! How unsatisfying! People pleasers must spend each day pretending and guessing, “What must I do to impress you?”
 
God wants something better for you. He knows you and accepts you. In fact, while you were still a sinner, Christ died for you. He’s the only one who loves you like that; the only One who can. 

 

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