“The godly man strives to approve himself to God in everything.
‘We labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him’ (2 Cor. 5:9).
It is better to have God approve, than the world applaud.
Those who ran in the Olympic race strove to have the approval of the judge and umpire of the race. There is a time coming shortly, when a smile from God’s face will be infinitely better than all the applause of men. How sweet that word will be, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’ (Matt. 25:21).
A godly man is ambitious of God’s testimonial letters. The hypocrite desires the praise of men. Saul was for the approval of the people (1 Sam. 15:30), Paul not (Gal. 1:19.
A godly man approves his heart to God, who is both the spectator and the judge.”
Thomas Watson (1620-1686)
taken from: The Godly Man’s Picture Drawn with a Scripture Pencil (free download)