If Jesus approves, I’m good.

Boy, is that a hard truth to believe. Especially as a woman.

We are inundated with messages that tell us that we aren’t good enough, that if we want to be accepted we need to be a little prettier or a little skinnier or throw a Pinterest-worthy party or keep our house a little cleaner or volunteer at our kid’s school more…

I could keep that list going for days.

And I don’t know about you, but I catch myself getting lost in that pursuit of approval A LOT.

And this really becomes a problem when this need for approval (or my fear of losing that approval) drives my decisions. When I do that, I’m trying to glorify myself instead of glorifying the Lord. I’m trying to point everyone to me instead of pointing them to Jesus.

The Lord really pointed this out to me this morning. The religious leaders at that time struggled with the exact same thing. Many of them did believe in Jesus, but they wouldn’t admit it because they were afraid of getting kicked out of the synagogue and losing their status.

In other words, their need for the approval of those around them took over and dictated what they did.

I’m pretty sure that didn’t work out too well for them.

Jesus was so clear about this when he said, “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:25)

Just believing in Jesus isn’t enough if we continue to love our lives and the glory we get from them more than we love him. When we pursue the approval of everyone around us, we are rejecting the approval Jesus already gave us.

The truth of it is that Jesus loves you and loves me so much that he went to the cross to save us. He took on the full judgement of sin so that we wouldn’t have to. He paid the price for us so that we can live forever in relationship with him.

What greater approval could I possibly want? No approval I could ever get in this world can even come close to that.

But the really hard part is truly living my life in light of this truth.

I’m not perfect.
I’m not Pinterest-worthy.
To be very honest, I’m a hot mess.

But as long as Jesus approves, I’m good.



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