Do you please God or man?

Why do you do what you do?  Ever wonder what drives you?  To serve those you serve?  I have.  As a mother, I evaluate the advice I give, the help I offer.  As a wife, I consider the respect, honor and faithfulness I give my husband.  As a friend, I analyze my trustworthiness, my generosity, my tolerance.  As a writer, I constantly scrutinize–edit my words, check my spelling, perfect my grammar.  Perhaps you are like me, only in another way.  You analyze your every effort.  You try to please a boss, a spouse, a child.  You look to your neighbor’s newly mowed lawn and think you must get out there and mow yours.  You see another planting geraniums and head to the nursery to purchase some roses.  You listen to someone teach, or preach and feel you must measure up to that person.  You hear someone’s testimony and think less or your own.  You see others volunteering and serving and you chasten yourself for not doing more.  Why?

“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10

Our aim must be higher than comparing ourselves to others.  When we take stock in our own lives, we need to do so in light of Who we are trying to please.  As servants of Christ, our only desire should be that of loving as He loved–because He first loved us.  As we evaluate our work, our activity, our speech, our thoughts need rest only in our Lord’s pleasure.  Are we living in holiness, in humility, in peace? Are we faithful to His call? Are we serving to gain notoriety, success, or popularity? Or are we doing what we do as a willing and cheerful sacrifice of praise for the righteousness we have in Christ, our risen Lord?  God loved us while we were yet sinners.  He gave His life that we might have His life within us.  In Christ we have all we need to bring glory to Him.  May we lay aside our need to please man, and live only to magnify Him and point others to Him.

© Hariette Petersen, SelahV Today, 2010