Approved By Men Romans 14:18

18For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.

Paul tells us that “17for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” As we serve Christ and walk with Him on a daily basis as we live our lives, the Holy Spirit gives us this righteousness and peace and joy. One could argue that this is enough in and of itself to warrant our obedience. However, Paul goes on to make another statement that really accentuates the importance of walking on obedience and in faith with the Lord.

Paul says, “18For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.” Two things happen when we take Christ by the hand and walk with Him. First of all, it is acceptable to God. This is God’s will and purpose for our lives in the first place; to walk with Christ and to have the mind of Christ in the decisions that we make. As we walk in this Light that comes by walking with Christ, God is able to direct our paths and bless us exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or hope for.

So, not only does the peace of God that passes all understanding and the joy in our hearts serve as great motivators to walk with God, God’s blessings are showered on us and our families and our friends and all those who are around us. Life really is worth living when we walk in the Light of God’s Word and in His law do we meditate both day and night.

There is yet one other great benefit of walking in the Light of God’s Word and that is the approval of men. Paul tells us that the way to be popular in the eyes of our peers, is to walk with the Lord and to serve Christ!

On the outset, this may not seem to be the case at all. However, people who walk with the Lord are some of the most respected people in the world. The reason that this does not seem to be the case, is the fact that there are so many people who are “so-called” Christians who walk with Christ when it is to their benefit to do so and they are not consistent in their walk with the Lord.

One such case that comes to my mind is a recent conversation of an individual who was commenting about the Christian employer that he had and how blessed he was to be working for such a person. He then made the statement that he got paid money under the table so that he would not have to pay taxes on part of what he was making. There are a lot of people who use the tag “Christian” for their own personal gain but they are not walking with the Lord.

When we take Christ by the hand and walk with Him, our lives benefit, God is glorified and is pleased with us and men will approve and want to be around us. How much more beneficial could walking with the Lord be?

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