Mass Readings: Acts 14:19-28/John 14:27-31a

Whose Approval?

When we left Paul and Barnabas yesterday, they could barely restrain the crowd from worshiping them as gods. Today that same crowd is in a different mood. They stone Paul and leave him for dead.

That’s the problem with people’s approval: it’s so fickle. Hot, cold. Applause, hiss. Worship, kill. If we count on others to make us feel good about ourselves, our self-esteem may fluctuate like Midwest weather in the spring. One hour we feel sunny, the next hour we’re looking for a tornado shelter. Here’s what Paul wrote about this: “Am I seeking to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ”(Gal 1:10). There’s the challenge: to cease focusing on what others think and, instead, ground our self-worth in God’s love and approval.

Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus. Help me keep my eyes on You.