Every day we wake up there are people we seek to please. We want our family to be pleased. We want our boss and co-workers to be pleased. We want our friends and acquaintances to be pleased. No matter what we do, we should understand that it is impossible to please them all.
At the core of the Christian’s understanding is the reality that God is the only One whose approval we must seek. He is not only our Creator and Savior, He is our Judge. The early disciples knew that and lived accordingly. Therefore Paul wrote, “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).
via Daily Lift – November 08, 2017 – GBN Daily lift
This is more of a problem for some than for others. Some societies seem to have a greater need to please other people. Still, even the most independent types must face it.
The emphasis on God as Judge is right and proper. We must never forget that we must eventually stand before him and answer for our words and actions in this life. The decision to please God above all others will determine whether or not we enter into heaven.
We must not be contrary toward others for contrary’s sake (see 1 Cor 10.32-11.1), but seek to please others that they may be saved and also desire to please God.
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“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.”
Ephesians 5.8-10 NIV
The light produces nothing that is not good, righteous, and true, and all that is.
How does a person find out what pleases God?
When Abraham said, “to his young men, ‘Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you'” (Genesis 22:5 NKJV), he showed how “worship” is a part of our lives, but not our whole life. When they were to enter the Promised Land, God warned Israelites not to adopt the worship practices of other people, and then said, “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it” (Deuteronomy 12:32 NKJV). While on Earth, Jesus taught: “the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him” (John 4:23 NKJV). “Worship” that pleases God must be as He commands, not that just pleases us!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.