Galatians 1:10 (NIV)
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.
Have you ever found yourself feeling pulled to agree with someone or change who you are so you can fit in and feel accepted by certain people?
- Been there.
- That’s why I ask the question.
- Like every other normal person in the world I want to feel like I belong.
- I think it comes naturally.
And some people want to take advantage of that.
Some verbalize their opinion about how you should conform and some don’t say it with words but they make it obvious with their eyes and actions.
And that’s what Paul seems to be battling. There are people who are trying to get him to comply. They want him to be more concerned with gaining the approval of people.
Maybe this doesn’t sound like a big deal at first.
But this is a big deal because of the importance of what is at stake – Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ.
Paul’s response is interesting.
Paul says that if you were still trying to please people he would not be a servant of Christ.
I think what Paul is getting at is that when you serve Christ He is the only one that you look to for approval.
- Will you yield or stand your ground?
- Will you appease that desire for immediate gratification or live with a telescopic view of standing before God one day?
Pleasing people equals serving people.
Serving Christ equals pleasing Christ and then serving Him as He sends you out for His glory and the good of others.