Galatians 1: 10 ¶
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
The writer of this script was Paul. Paul himself had obviously been cursed by others of trying to win approval of the men, more than likely, Gentiles. And also more than likely this cursing came from Jews who believed not in Christ Jesus. Jews are required to observe the Torah and it is not until they come to believe in Jesus that they are released from the bondage of the curse of transgression of that law. Only Jesus can set man free from the law of sin and death.
God trusts us and qualifies us to share the gospel of truth. We are not out to win man’s approval of what God has called us too. We are just called out from the natural world and man isn’t going to approve of us anyway, nor what we teach. At least, not until that man or woman has been called out by the same Holy Spirit that called us out. Their ears have to be open just like ours were and the scales released from their eyes so that they can come to the same knowledge that we are given when our eyes were opened.
Why? Because only God knows the heart of those who are ready to accept His un-conditional love. His love changes us. His love flows through us and helps us to become all that He intends for us to be, which is completely loved by Him.
He can not love that which is unholy, with out the shed blood covering, that which is blemished and stained by sin. One by one, each stain is removed until somewhere in our journey of life, we have become that cleansed vessel that has fulfilled it’s purpose and plan that is laid out before us. But make no mistake about it. We are ‘all’ still in the same rocky boat. We are all sinners being called to repentance, to come clean.
It was while we were sinners that Christ died for us. Now that we are on our way to being made whole and complete, we can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice.
But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use what-so-ever to Him. Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He alone knows when we are ready to accept His perfect love towards us.
He is not out to impress mankind with His love and He is not going to push His love on us. It is only when we are ready to receive His love that He knocks on the door to our hearts, waiting for us to invite Him in.
Paul knew that man’s approval is not what we should seek, but God’s approval only. I often say that, “ I live, for the audience of One’. If we live for any other reason, we like Paul said, should not be the servant of Christ.
What does God require of us? It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to our neighbor.
Be compassionate and loyal in our love, to ALL MANKIND regardless of religion, color or race.
And don’t take our self too seriously —
But to take God seriously, to love mercy and walk humbly with Him seeking only His audience.
Galatians 1: 10 , 1st Thessalonians 2:4, Romans 5:8, Micah 6:8
November 26th, 2011