[Jesus said] “How on earth can you believe while you are for ever looking for each other’s approval and not for the glory that comes from the one God?”
John 5:44 (PHILLIPS)
So easy to look for approval from others, rather than from God, especially when the ‘others’ are church-goers or charismatic speakers or those in positions of authority, but we don’t need to ‘measure up’ to anyone else. We just need to be ourselves. God will tell you what He wants you to do, and if He’s not telling you, then carry on with what you think right, with prayer and study and diligence, Often what God asks of us will be in line with what the Church, or Christians as a body, are doing, but sometimes it won’t. Faith, grace and mercy are not measured; they are given. You can’t add a single crumb to your salvation, but you can’t take it away, either.
As Teresa of Ávila said:
Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone is enough.
P.S. You might have guessed, but I think this post is as much a message for me as it is for anyone else. I just thank God that He reveals Himself so wonderfully through His word!