“Validation”

Validation and its spin-offs, valid and value, have so many uses it is difficult to pin it down.  Many of us have taken our parking ticket stub to a reception desk inside a commercial office to have it validated.  In this case, that means that you have, indeed, a legitimate reason to be parked there and the fees will be voided. Some food products have a label stating that they are valid or usable until a certain date. Most eulogies at funerals validate or extol the value of the deceased’s life. To legally enter a country one needs to have one’s passport validated.  It is usually stamped and means one has the legal approval to travel in that country. Some of the other meanings of validation are: legalized, approval, worthy, sound, effective, binding, favorable regard, confirmed, sanctioned and pleasing.

In our spiritual life there are times when we need God’s validation. In order to receive His approval, His good, pleasing and perfect will, we have to quit following the pattern of this world and be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Rom 12:2).

The same is also true about our praise of God. “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess His name.”  (Heb 13:15)  Our interaction with others also needs validation by God.  “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifice God is pleased.” (Heb 13:16)

God validated the Old Testament prophets by giving them words to speak and the power to do miracles—Moses, Elijah, Elisha and many others had His sanction. When Jesus was transfigured, God said, “This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him.”  Of course, Jesus also healed the crippled, cured the lepers, raised the dead and many other miracles to validate his ministry.

For those immersed into Christ (Rom 6:3-6) the greatest validation will be to hear the words of Jesus saying, “…Come you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom, prepared for you since the creation of the world…” (Mt 26:34)  In the meantime, we can validate our citizenship (Php 3:20) by loving our neighbors (Gal 5:14) and obeying our Lord (Jo 15:10).

–Jim Bailey