God has a great call on each of us to achieve a unique purpose during our lifetime. However, I believe that many of us have no idea what this call or purpose looks like for us. Today I can help give some clarity in this. Are you ready? The first step in understanding your unique purpose in life is to set your focus entirely on gaining God’s approval. It is that simple!
If you decide in your heart that your focus is to be pleasing toward God and you care about His approval above all else, He will begin to lead you into the purpose that He has for your life! For more on the topic of purpose, there’s a great post on DailyPS that was shared recently that I encourage you to read. (Your Passion Defines Your Purpose)
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13
What I’m sharing in this post sounds simple so far, doesn’t it?
Seek God’s approval and follow Him above man’s approval. Then, in turn, He will show you your purpose! Truthfully this isn’t extremely difficult to understand or to apply. However, where the challenge comes into play is when people get brought into the mix. Family, significant others, friends, managers, pastors, and others can unintentionally get in the way of us seeking God’s approval first.
Due to the influence these individuals have in our lives, we often begin seeking their approval above God’s approval. The moment you shift your priority from seeking God’s approval to focusing on man’s approval, you will step further from God’s purpose for your life.
Yet at the same time, many even among the leaders believed in Jesus. But because of the Pharisees, they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear, they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human praise more than praise from God. – John 12:42-43
The desire to be loved and noticed is within each of us. When we are seeking God’s approval above all else, people see where we are going and often want to help, or they want to acknowledge how well you are doing, or even push us in the ‘right direction.’ Often this leads us to want more of man’s approval. We enjoy the attention. I completely understand this, and it is a battle that we all face. (Please note: The solution is not to avoid people altogether; people are part of every believer’s calling. Mentors and an inner circle of friends are from God to lead us to our purpose.)
How can I seek God’s approval above man’s approval?
When we get around the people that God has placed in our lives, we need to remember that, above all, we are first seeking God’s approval for our lives. If we have the right people close to us in our lives, they will encourage us to seek God’s approval above theirs.
But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak. Not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. – 1 Thessalonians 2:4
Let’s each decide to seek God’s approval above the approval of men so we can continue to walk in His calling and fulfill the purpose that He has for our lives. You may be rejected by some, but if you are accepted by One, you have all you need. Stay faithful and seek God’s approval above man’s approval. As a result, you’ll step more into the purpose that God has on your life.