“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
In the opening chapter of Galatians Paul addresses the issue with the churches in Galatia, that people are preaching a different Gospel and members of the church are believing new messages which are teaching differently to the true Gospel of Jesus. Paul then simply identifies that the Gospel of Jesus is cemented into eternity, it’s done and dusted, and if anyone should change that Gospel, may a curse be on them. I love this because in verse 10 the root of the issue is revealed, that if we’re trying to please people, we’ll fall into this trap of false Gospel’s, but when we try and please God, we’ll hold firm to what we know to be true.
To apply this, I need to be asking myself daily, “who am I trying to please by doing this?” And looking at Jesus for my strength in living to please God rather than people in knowing that God’s work on the cross is finished. Cause naturally I think we all want to please people, but when it comes to something core to our faith, we can’t let ourselves turn aside from what we know as true for temporary fulfilment or popularity among people.
Dear Lord, I thank you that your finished work on the cross means I don’t need to be caught up in trying to please people, but I know that in your son I am pleasing to you. Thank you for the life you’ve given me, and I pray that you would help me fix my eyes upon you when I seem to be distracted by the world.