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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pleasing God Should Be The Highest Priority In Life

In summary of Galatians 1:10 it says, “I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”

Bottom Line:
I’m not trying to get the favor of or have people accept me.  God is the one I’m trying to please.  If I still wanted to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ

What this means to me:
I should not make my life about getting the favor of or having others accept me.  My goal should be to please and get God’s approval.  Often God’s ways are at odds with the worlds.  I must not let worldly values override that of pleasing God.  This notion can greatly simplify life.  In my life, I only have to please one person, my Creator, the one who made me for a purpose.  Jesus said it like this in John 5:30: “I don’t try to please myself, but I try to please the One who sent me” (NCV). In essence He said, “I’m living for an audience of one.”  Rick Warren explained that people-pleasing is a form of idolatry. The first commandment in the Ten Commandments is, “Don’t have any gods before me.” So anything I put before God becomes a god. So a car could be a god. A career could be a god.. Anything that becomes the number one thing in my life, that isn’t God, becomes my god.  The second commandment is, “Don’t make any idols.” Anything that replaces God in my life is an idol. Success can be an idol. Money can be an idol. A relationship can become an idol; especially If that relationship is more important than God.  If I become a people-pleaser (making it more important than anything in my life), then I have allowed something other than God to take first place. It becomes god in your life, because I’m allowing the opinion of others to matters more than God’s opinion.  I only need to please one person, God. Paul says in Galatians 1:10, “I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant” (NLT).  In summary, my goal should be to please, seek and get God’s approval.

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