Saturday, March 23, 2013

Who are we trying to please?

As we each walk through life, as followers of Christ we need to ask ourselves this question in all that we do: Who am I trying to please?

In Galatians 1, Paul is speaking to the churches of Galatia.  There had been others distorting the Gospel of Christ, leading the people astray.

Galatians 1:10 says,  "For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."

When we start trying to please people, whether ourselves, our friends,  our enemies, the world in general, we need to question whether we are pleasing God with our actions.  Are we stepping back a bit from a Scriptural stance on an issue in order to win someone over on our side?  Are we distorting the Gospel of Christ as those in Galatia were?

Our first thought in assessing any situation in our lives should be Is this pleasing to God? Would Jesus be doing this like I am thinking about doing it? Does this line up with what He says to do?  Does it line up with Scripture?

This principle can be applied to our personal lives, our church lives, our political viewpoints and more.

So ask yourself.....who are you trying to please?

Lord, help us to seek to please You first and foremost in all we do.

And when we stumble and mess up? Lord, please forgive us and help us to do better in representing You to others. In Your name, Amen.

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