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The Problem with People-Pleasing
Day 8: Thursday, March 14, 2019


Read Galatians 1:10

10”…If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Paul’s insistence on holding to the Gospel of grace won him disapproval, not only from leaders in Galatia, but from many other leaders throughout the church at that time.  To be faithful to what he received from God, Paul had to face ostracism, criticism and disregard.  So, he had to make a choice between pleasing God or pleasing other people.  For Paul, the bottom line was this:


        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). 


If we are to ever know and live the fullness of who we are in Christ, then we must settle once and for all who we are living to please — God or other human beings.  The writer of proverbs warned, “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe” (29:25).  Jesus asked His critics, “How can you believe since you accept glory from one another, but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God” (John 5:44)?  John bemoaned that many who sincerely believed in Jesus failed to openly acknowledge Him simply because, “they loved human praise more than praise from God” (John 12:43).


That’s the problem with people-pleasing, as long as we are trying to please people, we simply cannot be a servant of Christ. 


Read This Week: Galatians 1:6-12


Respond: Questions for Reflection and Discussion 


When do you find it hard to be a God-pleaser rather than a man-pleaser? Why?



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