Pleasing God Rather than Men


“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10) As a rule, I try to get along with most of the people I run into during my daily routine. Overall, I think the majority of people I interact with consider me non-confrontational and easy going. Unfortunately, while I strive for good relations with others, it’s not always possible to remain neutral and “go with the flow.”

The Bible warns us that man’s way are different that God’s ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). Inevitably, there are times that we will have to make choices between pleasing God and pleasing the people around us. It is always more important to maintain a steadfast and obedient relationship with Christ than to disobey God to keep peace with other people. Jesus warns us that obeying His Word will divide us from people (Matthew 10:35). God’s purpose is not to divide, but He places our obedience to Him ahead of maintaining any earthly relationship. Remember, Jesus stated that those who obey His will are his brothers and sisters, in other words, our obedience to God is what identifies us as His family.

Sometimes we can be overwhelmed in our attempts to lead a righteousness lifestyle. The decisions we face on how to spend our time, or who we spend our time with can be vexing. Remember it is our hearts that God is interested in and not our works. For example, just because we went to Church without missing a service for two months straight and spent extra time serving at a local shelter does not make us more blessed. We receive our blessings through God’s grace alone.

Let’s not focus on our actions and good works. Instead, let’s focus on knowing God and making Him known. Let’s keep Him the number one priority in our hearts. Then being obedient becomes easy. We can stop asking ourselves if what we find pleasing is right or wrong and simply ask ourselves “Is what I am doing pleasing to God?” When God is the main thing, we can be assured we are on the right path.

(Wayne Keller)

Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.

Based on A Winning Strategy on August 22nd, 2015 - Watch Sermon

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