People Pleasers

“But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.”  1 Thessalonians 2:4 ESV

When I chose the above bible verse for this blog, I felt immediately compelled to look up the word entrust. Merriam-Webster defines entrust as “to commit to another with confidence”. I intellectually get it, but am I truly living it out?

Am I confidently committed to share Jesus’ good news with others? If so, am I doing so without my own agenda? Can I be entrusted to help build the kingdom for the glory of God without pocketing a little glory for myself? Nope, friends, sometimes I cannot. Lately, I have found myself seeking recognition and affirmation from those around me first. I want to be noticed. I often wonder if my wise and faith-filled friends care about what I have to say.

You may find yourself similarly looking to please others above pleasing God. We can continue to seek human validation and buy into the cultural and worldly remedies for fulfillment. Or we can reside firmly in the truth. God’s word is the only pillar upon which we can stand. My precious friends, 1 Thessalonians gives us a holy stamp of approval. We are not here to please people; we have been entrusted with the greatest gift of all time. When we stumble and lose our way (and we will!) let’s clasp hands and circle back around the one true God and His foolproof remedy–His word.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You gave Your one and only Son for us. Show us how to give back and to tell His story without getting in our own way. Use our sinful nature, Father, for Your good, and to bring us back to Your truth and saving grace. In Your Son’s holy name, Amen.