For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:3-4
Paul reminded the Christians in Thessalonica that he had come to them with pure motives. He had confidently preached to them the gospel of Jesus Christ with the aim of pleasing God. What I do is important, but ‘why I do it’ is equally important.
King David wrote songs about this idea of having God examine our heart. Psalm 51 David invites God to ‘see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting’.
As I face major decisions, who am I trying to please?
So God, please examine my heart, even as You did for Paul, King David, and all who claim Your name. Show me how to please You, not men.