Part 13: Seek The Approval of God & Not Man
the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
We declare that one of the greatest tragedies
of the False Prophets within the churches of God is the desire to please man in
the flesh. All human beings should extend love to his neighbor. Therefore this
love from the believerís vantage point first extends from the love of God. Thus
God is love and if we love God we love ourselves and our neighbors. Therefore
the scriptures support the will of brotherhood to all of humankind.
However the scripture does not
support man seeking approval of man before God. God is first, and to the
believer God is also last. God is Alpha and Omega. Thus God created us and He
will be involved in our final life here on earth. This point is tailor-made to
illustrate that "the failure of man during the journey of life on earth to
seek God's approval is recorded. Thus the record of your faith, belief, and
your works which are a part of this package is a heavenly insurance policy.
However many people have allowed it to lapse and sadly many have never applied
nor accepted this Free Policy.
It is also a sad report that many
Preachers are a part of this group. Again we look at the writings of the
Apostle Paul for scripture references to better understand the dilemma of those
that put man before God.
1 Corinthians 4:3. "But with me
it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment:
Yea, I judge not mine own self."
Paul was a messenger of the Lord.
Paul had also received a special Calling, thus he would have to answer to God.
Paul was not so concerned by how man approved his conduct and actions. The
approval of man does not guarantee the approval of God's Judgment. The
evaluation by man has its place, but we must keep foremost what "God
In verse 4 Paul reveals his priority for the approval of God.
4:4: "for I know nothing by
myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the
It is for sure that man cannot match the wisdom of God. The Lord knows and is the one capable of judging. In the 5th verse of this text we see Paul telling the Corinthians not to judge prematurely. He told them that God will appoint the time of judgment which will take place when he returns. Paul also told the people that only God knows all the facts and your secrets.
The factors of judgment have been
mis-interpreted by various false Prophets within the church. These people are
often guilty of crimes against God and God's people. Therefore they resent any
critical review. However the Word God reveals that all Christians have a
responsibility to make a critical review of leadership in the church. However
this critical review must be based on facts and not here-say. But the most
important message in this passage (4:5) is that God is the only Judge.
Meanwhile verse 6 gives us additional clarity on the approval of God or man.
4:6. "And these things,
brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your
sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is
written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another."
The scripture lesson found in this
passage is very powerful and reveals a key element on the life of all
Christians. Here Paul tells the people of Corinth that their loyalties were not
to be divided among different men. Paul goes on to say that they are supposed
to be united in following the scriptures. When you follow the scriptures you
follow God. Thus if all submit to the authority of the scriptures it is less
likely that individuals will become puffed up in their efforts to set one
teacher over another. The Word reveals that no Preacher of God has more status
Most Preachers do not follow God.
Thus they first seek the approval of man. Our closing scripture is the 14th
verse taken from 1 Corinthians 4. "I write not these things to shame you,
but as my beloved sons I warn you."
Our primary Calling is to work for
Jesus. Our service will not be over looked. (See Matthew 10:24). However when
we do not keep God first and work for the approval of man our life becomes an
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