Seeking God's Approval

Seeking God's Approval


1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NIV)

On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.

When we place our desire for approval in the context of God’s divine affirmation, something extraordinary happens. We discover that our worth and purpose are deeply intertwined with our commitment to pleasing God, not people. Paul’s words remind us that the gospel entrusted to us is a sacred mission—an approval from the highest authority.

In our pursuit of God’s approval, we find a purpose that transcends human validation. We are entrusted with the message of salvation, and our primary audience is not people but God Himself. As we faithfully share the good news and live out our faith, we aim to please the One who tests our hearts.

This shift in perspective liberates us from the bondage of seeking the ever-elusive approval of others. It grants us the freedom to embrace God’s divine approval as the anchor of our identity and mission. The pursuit of God’s approval leads us to a life of significance, purpose, and eternal impact.

The “good life” we seek is not defined by worldly standards but by the joy of knowing that we are approved by God, entrusted with the message of salvation, and called to make a difference in the lives of those around us. It’s a life marked by a deep sense of fulfillment and contentment that can only come from living for an audience of One.


Consider your own life and the areas where you seek approval or validation from others.

How can you shift your focus toward seeking God’s approval in those areas?

In what ways can you align your actions and decisions with the desire to please God, who tests your heart?