“And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17, NIV
An online survey reports how posting selfie before, during and after every activity has become a norm for many young people. The resulting likes, thumbs-ups and other ratings then turn into an obsession about approval, which is wreaking havoc on their self-image. The survey called ‘Children, Teens, Media, and Body Image’ found that many teens who are active online fret about how they’re perceived, and that girls are particularly vulnerable. God’s approval preceded the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry. As Jesus came out of the water after His baptism, the Spirit of God descended on Him as a dove, and the Father affirmed that He is well pleased with Him. This is one of the scenes that confirmed Jesus’ oneness with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Seeking approval is a natural human tendency and many of us spend the most part of our lives trying to get others to validate our actions. This is not wrong in itself but where we look for affirmation matters. Getting God’s approval is the greatest thing that can happen to anyone in life. And the first step in achieving that is by accepting Christ. People’s validations are often coloured by their subjective judgment of things. But God who knows everything is the One we should seek validations from. Tired of trying to please people every now and then? Get God’s approval today and everything else will be fine.
• Birthday Blessing: “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you….” Isa. 46:4
RBT Passage: 1 Samuel 19-21
“You may be rejected by some, but if you are accepted by One, you have all you need.” –Alex Sanfilippo