Galatians 1:10 (CSB)
10 For am I now trying to persuade people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
As disciples of Jesus Christ, one of the most important aspects of our walk is the Great Commission. We are called to be disciples that create more disciples. That should be our main goal in life. Of course, to create disciples, there are certain areas we should be continually improving, but that is another devotional. The point Paul is making here is that we can either please God, or we can please man, we cannot do both. So, how do we please God when it comes to discipleship?
Am I Striving To Please People?
In some respects the message we are being commissioned to deliver is very tough. At the heart of our message is an ultimatum. We must lovingly explain to people that they can either accept the gift of salvation and live a life for the Lord, or face eternal punishment. Not an easy message to deliver especially when it comes to “good” people.
While our message is complex and difficult, we are told not to be “people pleasers.” When we water down the Gospel to please men, it benefits nobody. When we fail to deliver God’s Word as it was meant to be delivered, we really fail to provide the truth to a world that very desperately needs it. It can lead to confusion, disobedience, continued sin, and most importantly it fails to deliver the true power of the Gospel.
If we are to please God, we should be followers that abide in His commandments… and do so in truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 reminds us… (15) Be diligent to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth… If we want to present ourselves as approved by God, we need to be a worker who is unashamed of teaching the word of truth! We need to understand the truth, meditate upon the truth, and then deliver that truth to the world. That is what will please God!
Make The Decision To Be A Servant Of Christ
Servant… completely sold out for Christ! That should be our heart. We should desire to live a life completely sold out for Him. If that is the goal, there is no room for a watered-down Gospel. Go with the power of the Lord and deliver His message as it was intended.
It is important to deliver truth, no matter how difficult it can be to speak. If we do anything else, we run the risk of doing more damage than good. Prepare for the commission, understand the truth, then deliver it with the true power it has! The power to completely change the lives in which you deliver it.
John 14:6 (CSB)
6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.