How can Christians not care about proving themselves to others?
When we try to prove ourselves to others, we focus on impressing them—a spouse, a boss, a parent, a peer. We want so desperately to be cheered by them, we’ll overwork or compromise our health or morals. The approval of others becomes the most important standard in our lives, so we sacrifice our beliefs, our convictions, our standards so that we will be accepted by others. When others are our standard, we will always fail to find the approval and acceptance we long for.
The Gospel reminds us that others cannot offer us lasting acceptance. That God, not others, are our standard. We will never sufficiently prove ourselves to others because we are flawed and so are they. God is our standard. We fail to meet it, but the gospel reminds us that Jesus has met God’s standard for us! Others aren’t nearly as forgiving as Jesus is. We need not prove ourselves to God because Jesus has proven our worth. We don’t have to seek fundamental approval from others because are approved by Christ. Period.