Today’s Scripture Reading: Acts 14:21-28; Galatians 1:1-3:23
Sometimes I wish I could be like the Apostle Paul. He really didn’t care what people thought. He is the perfect example of the way God uses us within the parameters of our personality. Our Heavenly Father doesn’t change our temperament when we get saved, He just sands us down a bit and uses our uniqueness for His Glory.
Paul was bold and blunt. He was definitely not a people-pleaser.
I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.
Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.
Obviously, 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.
While I don’t consider myself a people-pleaser, I’m definitely not as bold as Paul. There have been times when I’ve missed it. After those times I’ve often thought, “If I had been bolder maybe there would have been a different outcome, maybe that person would have come to know Christ?”
I don’t necessarily think Paul was telling us to be “like” him, i.e. bold, loud and in your face. I think it was more like, “You must care more about what Jesus thinks than what people think.”
This makes me ask, “Do I really believe what I really believe is real?”
If we can ever get a glimpse of the reality of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we will be God pleasers; just one more reason to be in God’s Word each day.
The more I know Him, the less of a people pleaser I’ll be.
Oh, that I could ALWAYS hear God’s voice and ALWAYS obey!
Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times I’ve been a people-pleaser. Forgive me for the times I’ve made You small so that I could seem big to others. Lord, I want to know You more. I want to please You! I want to hear You. I want to do what You tell me to do. Speak loudly Lord, Your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:9).
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Galatians 3:24-6:18; Acts 15:1-21