I love that line. Makes me giggle every time I read it.
, someone accepted and approved. To achieve this, some strive for importance in the field of literature, music, or film, and others in finances or politics. Among other things.
I wonder: in what do they bask themselves to reach that place of somebody-ness? With what do they fill themselves? Self-gratification of applause, power, money, or physical enhancement?
Unbelievers indulge in outward gratification to fill up their approval-and-worth tank. But in what do I, as a Christian, gratify myself? Do I obsess on outward approval? What really fills my approval-and-worth tank?
and deemed worthy? If so, what image do I take with me when I walk away from the mirror?
If Christ “is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4) and spiritual rebirth makes me a new creation in Him (2 Cor. 5:17), and He places His Holy Spirit within me (Rom. 5:5), do I really reveal an approved and worthy image to others? Or have I lost that mirror image?
Sunning on the beach, one will exhibit the effects of absorbing the sun’s rays as a suntan. When I bask in the Lord’s presence, sitting at His feet, I will reflect God’s grace and character as the result of spending time with Him.
Is my approved-and-worth tank filled then, or do I go out and seek the approval of others to fill up my tank?
Paul said, “And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him and reflect His glory even more.” (2 Cor. 3:18b NLT) The disciple John said it as well, “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 3:30 NLT)
If, after spending time with the Lord, I decrease and He increases, I will regard my approval and worthiness as from Him. It will show.
Let’s stop and think about this. We are approved and worthy just as we are.
So, be sure you get this: you, my sweet friend, ARE some body! You are “accepted in the Beloved.” (Eph 1:6 NKJV) You are a child of God, loved, cherished, approved, and worthy. I pray you realize you are approved and worthy in the Lord.
***I hope you sweet readers don’t mind. This post is a remix of another post by the same title. I’m hooking up with Jennifer Dukes Lee and her book Love Idol: Letting Go of Your Need for Approval – and Seeing Yourself through God’s Eyes, about being approved and valued in God’s eyes and learning to live that way.