Who are you trying to please? It has been said that you can please some of the people some of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time. We can expend a lot of time and energy trying to make other people happy. As a Christian, we live for an audience of one, Jesus Christ. If we are trying to please people, we will struggle to be a servant of him.
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.
Can’t Serve Two Masters
Who are you trying to please the most? Think about it for a few moments. Still trying to figure it out? Ask yourself what you worry about the most? Therein may lay the answer to the first question. Paul wasn’t interested in having the approval of people. He knew that if he strived for that, it would compromise his service to the Lord. Keeping people happy can be a full-time job. Pleasing them can change because of their feelings. Don’t base what you do on whether or not someone is going to like it. Be faithful to the Lord and let him work it out.
Being a servant of Christ means being focused on what pleases Christ. It’s having the right priorities and focusing on those. That could be at odds with what people want from you. We are called to serve people but our approval doesn’t come from them, it comes from above. Paul releases us to serve in love and grace because our motive is right. Stop trying to please people and look to your creator for everything you need. He already approves of you, and there is nothing we can do to make him love us more.