Men-pleaser or God-pleaser?
Posted on Friday August 17, 2012
Men-pleaser or God-pleaser
Colossians 3: 17 - 25
Many times in our lives, I mean everyone here without exceptions (I’m very positive about that), we do things not because we want to do them. But, because people want us to do them. Or, at least, we think they want us to do them. A typical example is what we refer to as “peer-pressure”. We all want to please men, even where it displeases us or God, to do so.
Of course, it’s ideal…but not at God’s expense…
The three people involved here are:
Another man (or men), and
Romans 15: 1 – 3 makes us understand we are not to seek to please ourselves, above other men.
It is God’s will that we dwell in peace with all men (Heb. 12:14). If a man is not pleased with you, you can not be at peace with him. Where there is a conflict between pleasing other men and ourselves, a Christian should therefore decide to please men.
1 Corinthians 10:33 “Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” “That they may be saved” is apparently pleasing to God.
But where pleasing God and pleasing men conflicts, we ought to chose to please God!
When it comes to deciding who to please, let this wisdom of Paul in Gal. 1:10 be our guide. It reads: “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”
The decision to please God rather than men, will be easier for us to make if we allow ourselves to be guided by the following:
1. What is God’s mind in what I am doing or about to do?
-the Scripture is replete with God’s mind concerning everything. We should search it. Especially, Proverbs has bits of advice regarding all works of life.
Consult God before doing anything
-Seek His counsel (Isaiah 1:18a; Psalm 1:1)
Once you know this, go ahead and place it in God’s hands.
-Proverbs. 16:3 "Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”
2. Focus on the things above
In Jon 14:6, Jesus said “…, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” There is no other way or idol or role model, for you to look unto.
Without focus, you can easily fail as you will be drawn into earthly things and beginning to follow earthly counsel.
Your help is from above, not man that does not even know the number of his days, talk less of having power to change anything. That’s why the psalmist says in Psalm 121
“1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”
Below you will find distractions and persecutors. The carnal man is very selfish and deeply wicked. Our consolation is that they did the same to our Master, before us –see John 15:18 - 20. So, you should not be moved
3. You will receive your reward from the one you have pleased
Do we want our reward from God or man? So decide who you will please.
1 Corinthians 10:21 You can to receive from both sides, when you have displeased one.
Read Matthew 6: 1 – 6. Emphasis is on verse 2.
-Proverbs. 16:7 “when a man’s ways please the Lord, He maketh even his enemy to be at peace with him”. You can still have peace all around when God is really pleased with you.
Read Colossians 3:23 – 25
4. Who are you glorifying by your works?
Is it yourself, man or God?
-is what you are doing glorifying God?
1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
Rev. 12:22 “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”