One of the hardest attitudes to hold in proper tension is working to please the right person or persons. This problem exists in every avenue of life. If we are married, there is a natural desire to please our spouse (1 Corinthians 7:33). In our work environments, there is a natural desire to please the employer or customer with the hope that monetary rewards will increase.
When it comes to spiritual things, we must carefully examine our motives. Let me put this issue into perspective the way Paul sees it. “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10). One of the problems we face in the Church today is that many are more concerned that what they preach, teach or live lines up with their denomination, organization or tradition, rather than whether it falls in line with Scripture. For Paul, it was always a question of his ministry being in alignment with truth revealed through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit (1:12; 5:25). This is an issue anyone in ministry must face and answer before the Lord.
Whether it is marriage, work or any other pursuit in life, we must make it our aim to please the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:9). The fruit of making this our single desire in every area of life is that God receives greater glory, His work is done His way for His reasons with greater fruit, and we will stand out as “a servant of Christ,” not men. Serving men as “a servant of Christ” draws their attention to Christ, not you!
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