THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016
Key Bible Verse: Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God. (2 Corinthians 3:4-5, ESV)
Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 3
A lot of us swing up or down almost solely on the basis of others’ acceptance and validation of us. When we get it from them, we’re good. But if not, then we’re nervous, self-conscious, moody, or unhappy.
But not when the gospel’s securely in place in our heads. Your and our approval comes from God, not from them. The only one whose approval should matter to you is the One you’ll stand before in judgment someday. And he’s already declared you redeemed.
God’s rescue of us, coupled with his acceptance of us, enables us to walk in one fluid motion of humility and confidence. In humility, we don’t go around doing whatever we want, whenever we want, unwilling to respond repentantly or circumspectly to any kind of rebuke. And yet in confidence, we’re not dictated by the poll results of those around us. The books are already closed. Now we can just live to serve and worship and lead and love and relax and enjoy the blessings of God.
The way [people treat] you doesn’t determine the way you treat them, the way you remain obedient to the Lord, or the decisions you make on behalf of your family; because your satisfaction comes from him, not from them.
– Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer in Recovering Redemption
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