In the world but not of it

January 27, 2010

Pleasing people…

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I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. Galatians 1:10

If the Apostle Paul were alive today he would not be a very popular person.

Today we live in a world of tolerance where the popular thing to is to gain everyone’s approval or to be neutral.

Instead of being truthful with people about matters that concern them and us we suppress it and ignore the conversations. I think about how many people come home complaining to their spouse or friends about their boss but when asked by their boss to share their concerns they are reluctant.

A billionaire was once asked to share what else he could possibly want now that he had achieved such great success. His answer was “someone who will tell me the truth about myself when I ask them”…

Paul is not suggesting that we are rude and inconsiderate to people for the sake of pleasing God. He is making the statement that our allegiance and focus needs to be on our God first. If this is true then those around us will also benefit because our life will be a reflection of Him.

I watch Christians in the workplace who work for dishonest and deceitful people yet those same people know that when they need something done right they turn to the Christian. It is interesting how they recognize that integrity and character are ultimately needed to do the job right yet they will not change themselves.

The desire to win the approval of God in our lives ultimately trickles down and blesses all those around us.

We all desire to hear the words one day…well done my good and faithful servant…


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