The approval of others becomes the most important standard in our lives, so we sacrifice our beliefs, our convictions, our standards so that we will be accepted by others.
From our place of acceptance and rest in Jesus, we can live a life that reflects God’s holy standard, instead of striving against ourselves.
We don’t have to perfect ourselves because imperfect people cling to a perfect Christ. Proving Yourself To God When we try to prove ourselves to God, we set ourselves on impressing God. “Look how devoted I’ve been to you.” “I’m involved in so much mission and church ministry, surely God is happy” We content ourselves with proving ourselves to God.
We try to be good enough, missional enough, spiritual enough.
Do you ever find yourself trying to prove yourself…to Others, to Self, or to God?
Here are a few ways we slide away from the approval of the Gospel to proving ourselves.
The categories of proving yourself to Others/Self/God are adapted from Tim Chester’s forthcoming U. publication of , an excellent book for Gospel Change.
The explanations are largely mine, as well as the Gospel aphorisms.
So, don’t expect all of this in You Can Change, but do expect some great material that thinks about change along similar lines.
As you read, consider which one of these categories fits you and let us know how you’re finding the Gospel more reliable than yourself.
Proving Yourself To Others When we try to prove ourselves to others, we set ourselves on impressing them—a spouse, a boss, a parent, a peer.
We want so desperately to be cheered by them, that we’ll overwork or compromise our health or morals.