A great post at Budman:

Disciples could care less what other men think.

When Paul wrote “am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ (Galatians 1:10)” he was warning us — by way of his own example — that disciples must choose whom they will please when defending the gospel: men or God?

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In The Fountainhead Ayn Rand pens a piquant criticism of the ambitious who measure themselves by the opinions of other men. It illustrates the absurdity of disciples of grace who occupy themselves with the opinions of those who oppose grace:

His clients would accept anything, so long as he gave them an imposing facade, a majestic entrace and a regal drawing-room with which to astound their guests. It worked out to everyone’s satisfaction: Keating did not care so long as his clients were impressed, the clients did not care so long as their guests were impressed, and the guests did not care any way.

In the end those who oppose grace will neither understand nor care about grace.

Lord, deliver us from the desire to be approved of and accepted by men who do not understand your gracious gospel. Help us to be known as people who are for the gospel of grace rather than against those who pervert grace into works.

A great reminder, always.

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