Sunday, October 22, 2017

From the Heart: Pleasing God

Read 1 Thess. 2:1-6

v. 4: We speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.

How often do we get caught up in this old world, worrying about what others think? If we live our lives trying to be people pleasers we will never accomplish our goal.

According to an old fable, a father and his son were walking along a road one day with their donkey. Soon they met a man who told them how foolish they were to walk when they could be riding the donkey. So the father and son hopped on. They hadn’t gone very far when another man criticized them for both riding on the donkey. He said they were too heavy for it and were being inhumane. So the boy got off. It wasn’t long before a third traveler accused the father of being inconsiderate because he made his son walk while he rode. So the two switched places. Soon they met another person who charged that the son was not being thoughtful of his father, who was so much older than him. When they were last seen, the two of them were trudging down the road carrying the donkey.

Our Heavenly Father expects us to help others, to set a good example, to let our light shine that they might see Christ living in us. However, if we are overly sensitive to the opinions of others, we may end up carrying a needless weight of guilt and frustration. There is no doubt that we all appreciate the approval of others and we try to avoid offending people, but our ultimate accountability is not to them but to the Lord.

The apostle Paul said that he spoke “not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.”

PRAYER:

Our most gracious and loving Heavenly Father, may we ever be mindful of You, knowing that you are ever-present, all-seeing and all-knowing and that we are your children, created in your likeness. Help us Father to be more like Jesus, your only begotten Son, who gave up heaven for a while that he might come to earth to save us from our sins. Father, forgive us when we are caught up in people pleasing and forgetting that it’s you that holds us in your heart, preparing us for our heavenly home. Forgive us, guide us, and hold in your care always.

In Jesus Holy Name, Amen!

 

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