A famous question was asked over two thousand years ago; “Who do men say that I am?” that question is still being asked today but in a different way. People are asking, “What are they saying about me.” Is what they’re saying about you that important? The question we should ask ourselves; what is God saying about us. We can live our entire lives seeking the approval of people, when the only approval we need is God’s.
If we live according to the opinions of others, we’ll find ourselves on a roller coaster ride. We’ll struggle each and every day; life was designed by God to be enjoyed. Living life based upon what others think about us often causes failure. In Proverbs 16:7, it states when a man’s ways please the Lord, He (God) makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Yes it is good when people think well of you or they esteem you highly and it should be because of your character.
Some people have attitudes that make them ugly not only inside but outside as well. If you find yourself doing something good for others and people are speaking ill of you, don’t worry about what they think.
In 1 Samuel 16:7, God told the prophet Samuel, the Lord does not see as men sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. No one can see your heart but God; I am amazed when people make statements such as: the Lord knows my heart, what they don’t realize is God does know their heart.
In Jeremiah 17:10 God said I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to every man according to his ways. I ask myself daily is what I’m doing pleasing to God. What we say and do is important to God, it’s vital to enjoying the life Jesus came to give us.
Our desire to be liked sometimes comes with a cost; but when you have character, character not only takes you to the top but it’ll also keep you there. Your character will cause you to stand out like a light; you’ll shine not only in the eyes of people but in God’s eyes as well.
We can find ourselves performing for people’s approval in the church as well as on our jobs. Everyone wants be liked but at what cost. We short circuit our blessings when we seek the approval of men. Jesus said what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul.
Is what they are saying about you as important as what you think about you? The opinions of others don’t determine who we become; our destiny has been pre-determined by God and God alone, so love you. Our value or self- worth isn’t based upon what others think of us but what God thinks of us. ?