Imagine Devotional Day Eight

The Verse:

Galatians 1:10   “Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. 

The Illustration:

An ancient story is told about a father and his son who were walking along a road one day with their donkey. Soon they met a man who told them how foolish they were to walk when they had a donkey that could be ridden. So the father and son hopped on the donkey’s back.

They hadn’t gone very far when another man criticized them both for riding on the donkey. He said they were too heavy for the donkey and were being inhumane. So the boy got off. It wasn’t long before a third traveler accused the father of being inconsiderate because he made his son walk while he rode. So the father and the boy switched places.

Soon they met a fourth man who charged the boy with not being thoughtful of his father who was much older than he. When they were last seen, the father and son were trudging down the road carrying the donkey.

The Application:

Say: “The temptation to please other people so they will like us is a battle that we all will fight for the rest of our lives. We must learn that the only acceptance and approval we need in this life are God’s. If we belong to Him then God already has accepted us because of what Jesus did on the cross for us. When we know that we are loved and accepted by God, we can trust Him more. The more we trust Him to meet our needs, the less the acceptance and approval of others will matter.” 

Ask your family members if they can think of a time when they tried to please people instead of pleasing God and what they learned from that experience.

The Quote:

“Happiness is obedience to God.”  – C. H. Spurgeon 

The Prayer:

“Father, give us the desire to trust and obey you, regardless of what others think, and give us the grace to allow You to be the most influential thing in our lives.”