The Scripture says, “It is better to obey God than to obey people.” There will be these times where you have to make a decision, “Am I going to stick with my convictions, am I going to be who God made me to be, or am I going to let the approval of people, am I going to let their opinion determine my destiny?”
If you suffer from approval addiction, if you’re not confident in who you are and you need people to validate you, you’ll always shrink back and let them control your future. But, for what God has for you, it’s going to take boldness. He’s going to take you where no one in your family has gone. You’re going to be a pioneer, a trend-setter. Everyone won’t understand, everyone won’t approve. You may have critics, people that try to discredit you. The ones that used to cheer you on may now find fault. That’s when you have to dig your heels in and say, “I’m not moved by who’s not for me.” Jesus told the religious leaders in John 5, “Your disapproval means nothing to me.” He wasn’t dependent on who liked Him, who didn’t support Him, who used to be for Him. He got His approval from His Heavenly Father; as you should too.