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Addicted to Approval

by on December 5, 2013


There are many addictions. Approval is one of the most common and most controlling. You are a servant of something or someone. Who or what is it? What is controlling you? Who is your master?

Apostle Paul asks the question this way:

For do I now persuade men, or God?

Or do I seek to please men?

For if I still pleased men,

I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

Galatians 1:10


Apparently Paul was once a man-pleaser. Now, however, he is a bond-slave of Christ. No more addiction to the accolades of people, he now seeks to please only God.

Freedom is the coveted feeling and experience of the human creature. Freedom from addiction is a most energizing experience. Freedom from the addiction of pleasing men is the most freeing of all.

Does it matter what people think of you? Really? Do what is right and let the chips fall where they will. When people discover that they cannot control you, they will be frustrated. Frustrated but respectful. They will respect you when they discover that you are not for sale. Your mind and heart are captive to God alone. You are His slave, no longer to slave for anyone else.

Curiously, when you please God you also please others – most of the time. When people discover that God is your master, they know that they can trust you. They know that nothing you do is to please them or other people. They know that your actions are focused on God and you are not controlled by pleasing people. Most people will be pleased with that.

Be careful with addictions. They creep up when you are not looking for them. Being addicted to pleasing people is a tough master. When you are addicted to pleasing people you cannot please God. And, interestingly enough, you cannot please yourself either.

Sing, work, and teach to the Audience-of-One. His approval is all you really need. Please Him and all will be pleased –eventually, at least. His approval is all that really matters. Some day you will stand before Him. On that day you will be pleased to know that you pleased Him and Him alone.


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