PJ’s Daily Devotional for Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
Who are you trying to please? God or man or _____ (insert your option here)?
Who do you serve? Christ or the Church or _______ (insert your option here)?
The answer to this question will determine how you live your life and for whom you are living!
And don’t be so quick to think you can write in “both”—that is not a valid option on the table.
Paul emphasizes from the very beginning of his letter to the Christians in the region of Galatia that the Gospel he received and proclaims is not from man. It is from Jesus Christ; his ministry as an apostle to the gentiles is a grace bestowed upon him by God. Neither his faith or his ministry is of himself; it is all from God. Therefore, he lives and does everything for God. Paul is very clear who he is a servant of; and it is not the church or any man, including himself and his good intentions.
Listen to Paul, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).
Paul breaks people pleasing down to a simple choice: if you serve man you are not serving Christ! This is one of those either-or moments that confronts the post-modern mindset of “both-and”. To refuse to acknowledge the choice put before you this day and to stubbornly believe you can serve both God and man is to ensure you are stuck in people pleasing patterns of living. But to humble yourself and acknowledge the Spirit’s confrontation of your motives and intentions is to set your face and feet to seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, trusting that all these other things will be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).
So, today, I leave you with the same simple call to decide. Who are you going to serve this day?
You can’t have it both ways…you can’t serve 2 masters!