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).
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.