Today’s Scripture: For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: 2 Corinthians 10:14

Throughout his career, Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs while playing for three different teams. Most people know him as a member of the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees, but he also played his final year for the Boston Braves. In that final year, he was not playing as good as he used to. In one particular game in Cincinnati, he had a really bad inning out in the field. He made several errors that contributed to the five runs that Cincinnati scored.

Dejected, he walked off the field to the sound of boos and jeers from the crowd. A little boy, tears streaming from his eyes, jumped from the stands and hugged Babe Ruth around the legs. The crowd went silent. Ruth smiled, patted the boy on the head, and then continued to the dugout. The people in the stands realized whose approval mattered most.

In the hard times, we are all looking for approval; for someone who will say, “You are  ok.” Sometimes that can lead us astray because we are seeking, and often not finding, the approval that we want. If we can learn to get approval from the right person, it will change our lives.

Your approval before God doesn’t have to be earned. All you must do is receive the free gift of eternal life. God loves you; He sent His Son to die for you. When you receive, as a gift, the salvation being offered to you, you are accepted. It is like “Approved” being stamped on a document. When you receive the gift of eternal life, it’s like God puts His stamp upon you and you are accepted. It’s not by what we do; it’s not by works. It is what He did on the cross that brings acceptance. His approval is the approval that matters most.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.