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  • Jack Hager

>Approved!

>Good stuff from Ray Ortlund:

“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.” Galatians 1:10

Paul had lived for human approval. That’s what his uppity legalism had really been about. It’s why the word “still” is in there: “If I were still trying to please man . . . .” Paul gave it up, in order to please God.

It is so freeing to stop caring so much about what people think. It is so freeing to lift your eyes to Christ, whose approval is all that finally matters. What does he want from you? Not that people would think you’re wonderful, but that your gospel would be pure and honoring to him. You can’t control how people respond. That is their own responsibility before God. And if your gospel is pure, some will inevitably disapprove (2 Cor 2:15-16) and will blame you for it. Why? The impenitent are incapable of self-awareness. Don’t be discouraged. Just keep your gospel clear. And keep your heart close to the Lord.

Here is his word to you: “Approved.”

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