July 29 - Finding Approval

By Clancy P. Hayes

Today's Scripture: Romans 12:1–21

Central Thought: Your worth is found in your relationship with Jesus.

    Have you ever been around a name-dropper? You know them. They continually bring the names of famous or important people they know into the conversation to impress you. They somehow feel that knowing these people makes them a little bit more important.

    Everyone has a need for approval. Unfortunately, in our world too many people have developed an inferiority complex that they desperately want to shake. They look around themselves and feel that they don't measure up.

    Being overconfident or feeling inferior are two extremes to be avoided by a Christian. Paul states it well when he says: 'For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you” (Romans 12:3, NIV).

    As a Christian, your worth has been established by your relationship with Jesus. He has removed all shame and deficiencies that you may feel you have in your life. You no longer have to try to impress people with your skills and abilities. Neither do you need to try to be better than others. God has given you gifts and abilities that He desires for you to have. Use them faithfully, and you will have the approval of the only One who really counts.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to seek approval only from You.

Today's Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles 24:1–25:28; Romans 12:1–21; Psalm 22:19–31; Proverbs 20:8–10