A Caution for People Pleasers

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For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

Some of us are people pleasers. We care (maybe too much) about what others think and will do extraordinary acts to make them happy, meet their needs, etc. That’s mostly a good thing. But, when it competes with God’s will and way its a big problem.

The Apostle Paul points out to the believers in Galatia that he would only preach the gospel given Him by revelation of God. He pointed out that long ago he stopped trying to please everyone, but made it his life goal to please the One who called Him from his mother’s womb to preach the gospel.

How about me? Is there any area of my life, conduct or speech that says I am striving to please men and not God? How is my life a reflection of servanthood?

God, as this day begins, may I be clear about my calling and pleasing in Your sight. Would you help me fulfill Your will in Your ways and be a living testimony of Your grace and love. If that pleases other people, that’s nice- but unnecessary.

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