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Seeking Approval? Are You Trying To Please Men (or) God?

I was worn out to say the least. I was attempting to please one person while going to great lengths to please another person. I tried diligently to defend my character from others’ misunderstandings. Also, I showered compliments along with unremitting apologies toward those who I felt did not like me. Why? For the sole purpose of making peace. The end result? I became completely exhausted.

I needed the Lord to intervene. So instead of continuing down the same destructive path, I cried out to my Father, “Please deliver me from people-pleasing.”

“Please deliver me from people-pleasing.”

One evening, I walked into a situation completely orchestrated by God Himself. Within the context of the circumstance, a condition arose that not only broke my heart, but the spirit of people-pleasing as well. I was prompted on this day of many forgotten truths. An entirely new view emerged. One of pleasing my Father instead of pleasing man.

We should live to please God, not man.

What have I learned in regards to “People-Pleasing?” Well, I’m glad you asked:

  1. Not everyone is going to like us. What should be our response? Well, not everyone liked Jesus, yet He displayed love toward His enemies in spite of their dislike toward Him. He also did something else very notable: He continued to move forward in His mission. He refused to allow anything or anyone to derail His journey. We too should follow suit.
  2. Not everyone is going to believe in us. True! We must never allow the “disbelief” of others to have power over our lives. If God has called you to a task, then do it with all your heart, mind, and soul. God doesn’t need people to believe in you in order for Him to carry out His work through you. Whatever He calls to be will be—regardless if others believe!

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. Colossians 3:23

Whatever He calls to be–will be–regardless if others believe!

We are all under the umbrella of God’s protection. He loves us, He cares for us, and He desires to use us for His Kingdom. Yet we must learn to walk according to His truth instead of man’s opinion.

Point to Ponder: The mere hands that applaud us one minute, may be the same individuals who slander us the next minute. Jesus will always be faithful to His own. And without a doubt, He is the only One who will never leave us nor forsake us.

Live for the King of King’s not the applause of mankind.

Written by O’Shea