Realigning our Priorities

Realigning our Priorities


Galatians 1:10 (NIV)

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.

In a world filled with opinions, expectations, and the desire for approval, it’s easy to find ourselves pulled in different directions. We may often wonder: Do we seek to please people, or do we strive to please God? Galatians 1:10 presents us with a profound challenge and a clear directive.

The apostle Paul, the author of this letter, cuts to the heart of the matter. He asks, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God?” Paul recognized the danger of living to please people rather than serving Christ. His life was a testament to the transformation that occurs when we prioritize God’s approval above all else.

The pursuit of human approval can be a subtle trap that keeps us from fully embracing our identity as servants of Christ. When we are more concerned about what others think than what God desires, we become entangled in a never-ending quest for validation. We might compromise our values, mask our true selves, or shy away from boldly living out our faith.

But here’s the liberating truth: seeking God’s approval doesn’t mean we disregard the well-being of others or act insensitively. It means that in all we do, we align ourselves with God’s will and purpose. It means we love and serve others with a heart that seeks to honor God first and foremost.

Today, let’s reflect on our own lives. Are there areas where the desire for human approval has led us away from being a faithful servant of Christ? Have we compromised our convictions or silenced our faith to avoid criticism or gain approval?

Galatians 1:10 invites us to realign our priorities. It challenges us to live authentically, unapologetically, and courageously as servants of Christ. It reminds us that when we seek God’s approval above all, we find a profound sense of purpose and fulfillment that transcends the fleeting applause of humanity.


Take a moment to examine your motives and actions. Are there areas in your life where the pursuit of human approval has taken precedence over seeking God’s approval?

How can you shift your focus and priorities to serve Christ wholeheartedly?