Gal. 1:10 Obviously, I’m not trying to be a people pleaser! No, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.
Trying to please people is futile, a total waste of time. There is no way that anyone is going to please everyone all the time. No matter how hard you try, there will always be those who think you are doing things wrong. Many will think that they can do what you do better. All that being a people pleaser will get you is frustration and gray hair before your time.
Sadly, it seems like there are far more people pleasers driving the world than there are those who are trying to please God. The church is no different than the world in that regard. We give honor, respect, and position to those who please us the most. We put people on pedestals where they don’t belong. We stroke the egos of many to the point where they get big heads and actually believe the adoration we put on them is justified. We often play a major role in the downfall of our leaders by giving them a false sense of who they are and their worth.
Instead of trying to please people, we must strive to always please God. We must evaluate our thinking and doing in light of God’s standards and quit trying to do it by ours. It is to God that we will give an account, no one else. We cannot serve Christ and live to please people. The Lord will not share His glory with anyone else. He will not honor those with divided loyalties. He will not be pleased with anyone who is bent on pleasing people or who accepts the adoration or praise of others as if it was deserved.
Are you a people pleaser or a God pleaser?