People Pleasing

BloomingtreesStop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; for why should he be esteemed? Isaiah 2:25

I did not think I was a people-pleaser, but perhaps, I have too high a regard for a person’s feelings or I am overly-concerned with what I imagine people are thinking in a situation. Why do I care so much what they think?

I ultimately desire to please God but in His silence, I gauge the reactions of other people to determine, “How am I doing?” I don’t want to be a stumbling block in any way to someone’s relationship with Jesus. Since I bear his name, Christian, I am representing Christ to the world. I care so much about someone’s thoughts and feelings not because I want to make someone else feel good as much as I want the name of Jesus to be honored.

But I am not Jesus (obviously), and I fail. When I inadvertently mess up, Jesus is way big enough to protect his reputation and defend his character. If I become preoccupied wondering, “What do they think?”, I remind myself that ultimately, I live for the approval of only One.

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. Galatians 1:10