1 Thessalonians 2: 3-4 For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit. But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. NKJV
There perhaps is not one human being alive today that does not desire approval. Children as they grow up desire the approval of their parents and then their peers in school. Employees seek the approval of their bosses and co-workers. Often we human beings are driven to some very extreme measures to gain approval from others because it gives us some sort of comfort to feel that we are accepted. This Presidential election year motivates every politician to say what particular interest groups want to here in order to get their approval and then get their vote. It is not at all beyond their scope or agenda to lie deceive, and give erroneous statements filled with error, if it accomplishes the end result of getting more votes (approval) than their opponent.
The Apostle Paul shows that a man or woman living for the Glory of Jesus Christ has adopted a new agenda and now desires to please but One and that is God. Paul went to the Thessalonians not seeking their approval, but their transformation. When he spoke the gospel of God to them, he did not make it more palatable as to not offend them and gain their approval but he wanted to give them the truth that would lead them out of darkness into Christ Light. The Lord Jesus told some people one time that they were those who sought the approval of men but God knew their hearts. It is always more comfortable temporarily to gain man’s approval over God’s approval. However, to seek to please men and gain their approval will lead one far away from God and in the end will prove to be eternal folly. A man is not measured by his earthly approval, but that he is approved by God because in the final analysis how God sees a man is all that will matter in the end.
Every servant of Christ never goes about to flatter men to gain their approval or financial favor, if so; he is not a true servant of Christ. The servant of Christ seeks to honor Him by telling people the truth no matter the circumstances. The Lord Jesus Christ knows the hearts of all men and the motives of men are not hidden from Him. All who love our Lord Jesus knows that He searches our hearts constantly being aware of every motive for what we do. To truly have the love of God abiding in you is to give people the gospel in truth and warn them that there is a certain death to face. People must know that their approval by God is the only affirmation that will count after death and only by receiving Jesus through repentance and faith (new birth) will they meet God’s approval.
Matthew Henry (1662-1714) said this of Paul’s exhortation to the Thessalonians, “Their design was to please God and not men. God is a God of truth, and requires truth in the inward parts; and, if sincerity be wanting, all that we do cannot please God. The gospel of Christ is not accommodated to the fain fancies and lusts of men, to gratify their appetites and passions; but, on the contrary, it was designed for the mortifying of their corrupt affections, and delivering them from the power of fancy, that they might be brought under the power of faith.”
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
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