June 24, 2024

Finding Freedom in God’s Approval

Written by Boyd Bailey

You can be yourself when you don’t feel like you have to prove yourself.”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 24, 2024

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.  Galatians 1:10

In our fast-paced, achievement-oriented world, the pressure to prove ourselves is immense. We measure success by accolades, job titles, social media likes, and the approval of others. This relentless pursuit can leave us feeling exhausted and empty. But as Christians, we are called to a different standard—one where our worth and identity are found not in what we do but in who we are in Christ. Paul reminds us in Galatians 1:10, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” This verse underscores the futility of seeking validation from the world. Our primary focus should be on pleasing God, who knows us intimately and loves us unconditionally. We can be ourselves when we don’t have to prove ourselves. 

When we recognize that our worth is not tied to our achievements, we find true freedom. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Salvation is a gift from God, not something we can earn. This grace extends beyond our initial acceptance of Christ; it permeates every aspect of our lives. We don’t have to strive for approval because we are already approved by God. Jesus’ life and ministry exemplify this truth. He did not seek to prove Himself to the religious leaders or the crowds. In fact, He often withdrew from the masses to spend time in prayer and communion with His Father (Luke 5:16). Jesus understood His identity and mission. He knew that His worth was not in the miracles He performed or the number of followers He had but in His relationship with God. 

Similarly, we can find rest in knowing that our identity is secure in Christ. Romans 8:1 declares, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” This means that our past mistakes, failures, and shortcomings do not define us. We are forgiven, redeemed, and made new in Christ. We are free to be ourselves because we are loved just as we are. Living out this truth requires a shift in our mindset. Colossians 3:2 advises, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” When we focus on God’s eternal perspective, we are less concerned with the temporary opinions of others. We begin to see ourselves through the lens of God’s love and grace.

In practical terms, this might mean stepping back from the relentless pursuit of perfection and allowing yourself to rest in God’s presence. It could involve saying no to certain demands or expectations that drain your energy and divert your focus from what truly matters. It might also mean embracing your unique gifts and callings rather than comparing yourself to others. By anchoring your identity in Christ, you are empowered to live authentically. You are free to be yourself, knowing that you are cherished by your heavenly Father. This freedom enables you to love others more genuinely and to serve God with a heart full of gratitude and joy. You can be yourself when you don’t have to prove yourself. Be who your Creator has uniquely created: you.


Heavenly Father, guide me to embrace my true self, created in Your image. Grant me the courage to live authentically, reflecting Your love and grace. Help me to trust in Your plan, knowing I am wonderfully made. Strengthen my faith, that I may shine Your light through my unique gifts and talents. Amen.


Consider doing less of the non-essential and more of the essential.

Related Reading

Psalm 139:14; Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 14:18; 2 Timothy 2:15

Worship Resource

CeCe Winans: Believe For It


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