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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Approval of Man or God?

Galatians 1:10
"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."

This is hard for because it is such a subtle mistake. It is so easy to just caught up in doing what we think is right or what we think seems like something God would want that we often forget to look at the true motive and purpose for our actions.

Adoniram Judson, the first American missionary, traveled with his new wife and some friends to the country of Burma. In his time spent there he translated the entire Bible into the Burmese language and countless thousands have come to know Christ because of the actions of this man. He buried two wives and multiple children while he was there as well. It was not until 20 or 30 years into his ministry in Burma that he realized he had been there for the wrong reasons the entire time. He had been driven so much to be the first missionary from America and to show everyone what being a missionary was that he forgot why he was there. He had lost his first love, not the love of the people, or the love of missions, those will fail you, but the love of Christ. He was a broken man until he found his passion to serve Christ and Christ alone in what he did. He no longer sought aproval from man and became a servant of Christ. The things he did in Burma were remarkable but they were not enough to maintain him forever without the unfailing love of Christ to carry him through. If Adoniram Judson couldn't make it on man's approval then I know that I have no chance because he was a greater man than I ever hope to be, but with the strength and love of Christ we can all be as great as He desires.

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