YOU OR GOD?
Sometimes obeying and therefore pleasing God will put us at odds with people, even those near and dear to us, resulting in negative repercussions.
You expected “A”
God said give “B”
Now I’m treated like a refugee.
You wanted to hear “Yes’
God said to say “No”
Now I have nowhere to go.
You said “come”
God said “stay”
Now I have a price to pay.
You said “move”
God said “wait”
Now you want to separate.
You wanted my help
God said refrain
Now you resent the sound of my name.
You wanted me in your box
God said be free
This is about Him……not about you nor about me.
The Apostle Paul knew first-hand the pressures and price when faced with the proposition of pleasing God vs pleasing man.
In Galatians 1:10 he makes a statement that shows that he understood something very critical about this issue.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
(Galatians 1:10 – NIV)
The Apostle Paul said if he was still trying to please people, he would not be a servant of Christ.
This statement shows that at one time the Apostle Paul was trying to please people, but came to realize that if he continued to do so, he would not be able to walk in the divine destiny that God had ordained for him, so he made a key decision, he decided that he would no longer try to please people, but would instead please and seek the approval of God.
What about you?
How badly do you want to walk in the God’s divine purpose for you?
Do you want to walk in it badly enough to endure the negative attitudes, rejection, disapproval and persecution that often comes from others when obeying God’s directives to you is at odds with their desires or preferences?
What do you do when faced with the dilemma of pleasing God vs pleasing others?
What do you do when God wants you to say “no” in a situation, but another wants you to say “yes”?
Do you allow the fear of their backlash to override the voice of the Holy Spirit, and against your better judgment, yield to their request or demand, or do you choose to stand your ground, respectfully decline and please God?
As Believers it is inevitable that we will face many situations on our spiritual journey where pleasing God will mean offending man, and pleasing man will mean offending God.
Like the Apostle Paul, when faced with the choice, may we, by the grace of God, have the will and courage to resist pleasing man, no matter who it might be, and choose to please God instead.
It all begins with a heart decision – “Lord I want to please You” – then reliance on His grace in every situation to see us through.
“Am I now trying to win the favor and approval of men, or of God? Or am I seeking to please someone? If I were still trying to be popular with men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.”
(Galatians 1:10 – Amplified Bible)
“The fear of human opinion disables;
trusting in God protects you from that.”
(Proverbs 29:25 – The Message Bible)
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
(Romans 8:14 – NKJV)
“I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.”
(Philippians 4:13 – NKJV)
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