Stamping God's Approval

Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Matthew 7:22-23 NIV

I think sometimes we as Christians think we have a God stamp and we can go around stamping His name on whatever we want. As if we have the ability to just stamp God's name here or there and force His hand to move in whatever situation. Sometimes we are set in our ways, but out of duty we come before God and ask Him to place His stamp of approval on the decisions we have made. Other times we just do the stamping ourselves and forget God all together.

As a body, the Church is almost too eager to place God's stamp of approval on a lot of things He might wish nothing to do with. God uses His stamp on people–and perhaps that is the point. He doesn't stamp a solution to your problem; he stamps you. To me this is much more comforting, to know that God is with me regardless of my circumstances or bad decisions.

We weren't stamped, though, so that we could run around proclaiming that we are better than everyone else. That isn't what being a Christian is about and we shouldn't use our God stamp to promote any of it. The idea is to trust God and follow Him wherever He may lead.

This devotion is adapted from an article on RELEVANTmagazine.com.

Talk About It

What are ideas, systems or behaviors that you have tried to justify with a "God stamp?

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Megan commented…

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Hector commented…

I think that many times as Christians we forget that God is the main focus, but we replace it we our own selfishness and feel the need to approve it ourselves.

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