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Galatians 1:10 (AMPC)
10 Now am I trying to win the favor of men, or of God? Do I seek to please men? If I were still seeking popularity with men, I should not be a bond servant of Christ (the Messiah).

Mary’s friends were really cool. They were lively, amiable, and smart and they also all attended fellowship in school, but as they were preparing for their 100level examination, they began to make plans on how to ‘collaborate’ in the exam hall. Mary knew this was wrong as it was exam malpractice. She expected Sheila to say something, this is because Sheila belonged to the prayer band and was considered the most spiritual among them. But to her surprise, Sheila not only didn’t correct them, she even went ahead to suggest the sitting arrangement. What could she do? Was she to be the one to point out that this was wrong? Won’t they think she is being ‘holier-than-thou’ if she says something?

But you see, the child/servant of God must have only one person he seeks to please; God. His loyalty to God must be complete. To do this he must trust God’s love and wisdom. That is, he must know and believe that God’s love for our friends (and the world indeed) is greater than ours for them, and that His way is always better. Our minds must be configured to always seek God’s approval above every other person’s. We must be like the 2 Tim 2:3-4 soldiers whose sole aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted us.

If that were Mary’s state of mind, she would have no trouble pointing out to her friends that their plans were wrong and that she could not be a part of it should they choose to go ahead with it.

Approach life with this understanding; only God’s approval has eternal rewards.

—Ikechukwu Mpama

YBR: Luke 9-10 (in today’s audio)

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