This week I was talking with someone and she called me a people pleaser. My first thought was “I’m not a people pleaser, I tell people no all the time.” But as I went through my day, I began to realize that I really am a people pleaser. At work, if someone needs something done they come to me and I will make it happen.
You’re probably wondering how is this story relevant to me? Well, I’ll tell you.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” -Galatians 1:10.
To a degree, all of us are people pleasers, we want people to like us. But ultimately we are accountable to God. Instead of being focused on what people want us to do, we should be focused on what God has called us to do.
This is hard and many times we will want to back down, but God gives us the strength to endure like Peter and John in Acts 4. They were taken in front of the high priests and elders because they had healed a man. The religious leaders told them that they had to stop preaching the gospel. In verse 19 Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
Peter and John understood that they had to obey God no matter what the situation. We are to do the same thing today, so, who are you trying please-God or men?