Knowing Whom to Please Is Half the Battle
Keeping everyone happy is both exhausting and impossible. I know this from experience. I’m a recovering chronic people-pleaser and spent too many years of my life living for the approval of others, and it’s a struggle that still creeps back up on a regular basis.
As a Pastor, I don’t want anyone to be upset with me at church. As a husband, I don’t want to be honest enough to say something that might upset my wife. And in friendships, I’ve been afraid at times to get close enough to risk offending and have therefore missed out on intimacy. If any of this sounds familiar to you, I have some good news for you.
There is only ONE person you must please, and He is the inventor, master, and giver of this amazing thing called grace. On the one hand, this is a fairly scary thought. The Bible says, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.” (Hebrews 4:13 NLT) How can I possibly please the perfect and almighty Creator and Judge of the whole earth?
On the other hand, it’s the most comforting thought of all that while our fellow human beings will always fail to be completely gracious toward us because they’re human, God will never fail to be completely gracious toward us who are His children. The Bible describes “his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6 KJV) In God’s grace, He has declared us as acceptable and pleasing to Himself.
When you know WHOSE you are, it helps you to know WHO you are, and therefore WHOM you need to please. It’s so much easier to live to please only the One to whom we will give an account and the One who has proven His love, His grace, and His willingness to declare us as acceptable and pleasing to Himself.
To put in a more classic way, live for an audience of only One today.
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