Day 8: Not A People Pleaser

Galatians 1:10  :

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? For if I were still pleasing men, I wouldn’t be a servant of Christ.

Notice that Paul had a choice. He could either please men or please Christ. I have found that I have that same choice.

This is a good example. There are many people who would rather that I not speak so dogmatically. If I were to give into this, I would actually be going along with their dogma. Their dogma is the dogma of no dogma, which is a self-refuting argument. People who fight against dogma are completely ignoring their own. Now, this may make people even more upset, but my goal is to please God and bring more people to Him, not to bring people to myself. If people believe and agree with God then they will be pleased with what I say, but my responsibility is to God.

I am hoping to help those of you who believe, and I do want you to be filled with encouragement and joy. Giving in to people would not help you learn the truth. God really exists and is watching what I am saying right now and helping me to say it. More than that, it is a privilege to be able serve God and be allowed to say these things to you on His behalf.

I am especially glad to talk about Galatians because God used it change my life. When I found out what was being said in this letter, I could hardly believe it. I want you to have the opportunity that I had. I know that these words are powerful and can change the world because of what they did in me and the world really needs changing right now.

The world operates in a system that intentionally opposes the word of God. To please the world and it’s system is to oppose God.

The words we are reading here are the words of God and it’s ok for God to be dogmatic because the truth always is dogmatic otherwise it wouldn’t be truth. It’s in our best interest to please Him while we can because the day will come when God will review the work that we did for him in this world. On that day, it won’t matter what we did that pleased people or ourselves. God is our Maker and He has the right to expect us to live the way He wants us to.