by Pastor. Suthakaran Subramaniam
All people in this world can be classified into 3 main categories
- Men pleasers
- God pleasers.
If we tried pleasing all the people around us we will fail miserably. Apostle Paul urges us not be men pleasers but be God pleasers.
Sometimes when we seek to please men we compromise on our time, ethics and carry a burden that is unnecessary. It drifts us away from God’s plan for our lives and fails to execute what God wants us to accomplish. We end up losing our spiritual life and blessings.
In John 12:42,43 we read about many chief rulers who believed in Jesus but were afraid to confess their faith in public because of their fear. One such person was Nicodemus who met Jesus and spoke to him in darkness but failed to openly acknowledge Christ.
42 Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
Do we look for human praise so much that it prevents us from sharing the gospel? Daniel and his friends refused the Babylonian food and were vocal about their faith because they chose to please God rather than men.
In Luke 9:9 King Herod tried to meet Jesus. Even later when Jesus was sent to him for questioning he was keen to hear Him. Herod built a temple to please the Jewish people. His heart was split between pleasing God and man. In Mark 6:20, we see that Herod looked up to John as a holy prophet and carried out his advice. However, when Herodias’ daughter danced and demanded John’s head as the prize, he went ahead and beheaded him despite his grieving (vs 26). He chose to please his guests and his reputation to keep an oath rather than dissuading his daughter that it was a sin. Because he chose to be a men pleaser, history tells us he died miserably.
Luke 9:9 (NKJV)
9 Herod said, “John I have beheaded, but who is this of whom I hear such things?” So he sought to see Him.
In 2 Samuel 16:23, Ahithophel chose to commit suicide because his counsel was ignored. He could not bear the rejection from people. This is a warning to us that our identity is from Christ.
2 Samuel 16:23 (NKJV)
23Now the advice of Ahithophel, which he gave in those days, was as if one had inquired at the oracle of God. So was all the advice of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.
Therefore the focus of our life must be pleasing God. Every activity that we do at work, home, church or community we must question if we are doing it to please ourselves, others or God. When we strive to please God in everything we will live a life for God’s glory.