Spirit and Life Devotional is a daily publication by Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim, senior pastor of Able Ministers Chapel, a church based in Calabar, Cross River State.
“But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:4 NKJV
When a product is manufactured, before it is released to the market, it is inspected thoroughly and tested. It is only after it is certified okay by the experts, the quality control guys, that it can be allowed to enter the market. That’s when it is stamped, “QC Passed”.
That’s what Apostle Paul was trying to communicate in the verse above; that we were tested, inspected, checked, assessed, declared fit, satisfactory and okay by God Himself! God, after doing the necessary reviews, stamped on us, “Approved”! Oh! Hallelujah!
Listen, we didn’t approve ourselves; we didn’t justify ourselves; we didn’t appoint ourselves; neither did we certify ourselves: no man approved us; we do not need any man’s approval! God Himself called us; washed us; enabled us; filled us with the Holy Ghost; put His word in our mouths; and when He was done; because there’s no one above Him or greater than Himself; He took a second look at us; and He said, “Good enough!” And then He sent us out! Hahaha. Yes! Wow!! Glory to God!!! APPROVED!