Writing Prompts: Approval

Week 1: May I Have Your LIKE?

fb-like-2If you have a Facebook page, you invite others to LIKE your page. In social media lingo, LIKE means another person has connected with you, can see what photos and comments you post on your page, or lets you know when he enjoys your posts.

Too often, you may connect the term “LIKE” with approval – particularly with God.

You may believe that your behaviors will bring you a LIKE from God … or that He might even “unfriend” you if He doesn’t like your life “posts.” Galatians 1:10 addresses that challenge: “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Writing Prompt

When and how do I seek approval from God?


Week 2: What to Do to Earn God’s LIKE

Are you living to earn LIKES from God?

As a Christ-follower you are called to glorify Him and respect others. However, God’s approval cannot be earned. It is freely given because He loves us regardless of whether approving of what you do.

2 Timothy 2:15 reminds us of this truth: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”

Writing Prompt

Do I believe that I am already approved by God? Why or why not?


Week 3: That’s Enough! (Is It?)

You may get caught up in the idea that you need to do something special or be someone unique in order for God to love you.

The truth is altogether different. You don’t need to earn God’s love (or in today’s lingo, His LIKE). His love – demonstrated in so many ways but especially on the cross – is enough. “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Writing Prompt

What prompts me to believe that I have to earn God’s love? And why is that belief a false one?


Week 4: Click LIKE First. Really?

A friend posts a photo and comment on Facebook showing her new look. You click LIKE to show your friend that you approve of the changes she has made in her life.

God uses a different system. He does not love you if you change. God loves you so you can change. He clicks LIKE first. Romans 12:2 explains, “Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.”

Writing Prompt

What do you want God to help you change about yourself?