memory monday: freedom from the kingdom of "they"


We speak as men approved by God, to be entrusted with the gospel. 
We are not trying to please men, but God, who tests our hearts. 
1 Thess 2:4

The older I get, the deeper in my relationship with Christ that I go...
I am finding that I am less and less concerned about what other people think.
I feel a confidence in my decisions that is Him, in me.

Its not arrogance.
Or thinking that I have somehow arrived.

On the contrary, its only through being humbled to the reality of my inadequacies and Christ's sufficiency that I open myself up to the freedom of living under the one true King.

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


No more serving the kingdom of "they."

What will they think? 
What will they say?


This effects everything:

My choices regarding my children...
My view of myself...
My relationships with others...
What I eat and what I drink...
My courage to try new things...
My freedom to quit things...
How I spend my time...

That's awesome that so and so does this and this...it doesn't mean I have to. Or don't have to.

I'm no longer accountable to them.
I'm accountable to Him.

This kind of freedom is just so...freeing.

The more intimate I am with God, the less intimidating people are to me. - Unknown

This getting older thing, well...maybe it's not too bad after all.


3 comments:

Ashley Ferguson said...

So. Good. Thank you, Jennifer!

relying on God said...

Truth! I love it:) Thanks for sharing.

Ivy said...

I so identify! Living with Christ in the fore-front of my mind makes me so much happier than living for "them" ever does. Especially because he is kind and generous and loves me regardless of my successes or failuers. People are so fickle and their opinions are too, but GOd is unchanging. And His love never changes either; he is our model--love never fails.

 

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