(Edited February 20, 2021)
(NIV) Galatians 1:10, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
Two months ago, I found this scripture and knew I needed to write on it. Rereading the scripture tonights convicts me, and it makes me think.
Who are we trying to please? On the internet? On the street? In our circle of friends and families?
Who do we present ourselves as on the outside, and does it represent what we claim to believe on the inside?
For some Christians, this is a struggle daily. If you feel you are excluded from this struggle, consider more deeply. This is something every Christian faces, whether often or once in a while because if we aren’t aware of our actions, then we will become blind to them.
We will lose focus.
Dare I add…it doesn’t even have to be about pleasing others, but ourselves.
Who are we pleasing in our day? Consider all the actions and choices done in one day alone. How many give glory and/or attention to God? Are there any that don’t?
If we please man or ourselves, then we live in the flesh. If we seek to please God, then we aim to live by the Spirit.
When Jesus came and gave His life to wash away our sins, He not only gave us salvation, but He changed the way the whole world of faith worked.
Previously, the Law was performed by the flesh. WE gave the sacrifices. WE committed sins daily. WE did this, so WE had to do that. God gave directions, but we didn’t follow.
But then CHRIST, not us, by fulfilling the Law and dying by the flesh gave us a better way. A way not by the flesh, which failed for centuries, but by the SPIRIT. It is through the Spirit we become conquers of the flesh.
(NIV) Romans 8:04, “In order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
This was the mission of Christ.
If we live for ourselves and others, we will be blind in our walk.
(NIV) Romans 8:05, “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”
If we live by the flesh (our desires, what we want), then we will die by the flesh.
(NIV) Romans 8:06, “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
This is why our desires can be our biggest struggle when it comes faith and following Christ’s footsteps. We will be torn between what we want to do and who we want to please, God or man.
(NIV) Romans 8:07-08, “The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.”
When we lean more towards ourselves and our wants to please ourselves, it is promised our flesh will win.
(NIV) Mathew 26:41,”Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
We must train our mind, our heart, and our spirit to focus more on Christ. Give Him our time, our devotion, and our faith. Choosing Him over everything else in our life.
Yes, it won’t be easy because this world surrounds us with temptations.
But we can only wean ourselves off of the world by Christ alone. Clinging more to Christ, and following Him,aside from anything and everyone else in our life. We need God to prune us so that we grow. In order to be pruned and not be thrown out, we need to bear fruit and this is done through faith in Christ.
We can only do these things with the Holy Spirit. Our effort alone will NOT save us, that’s why Christ came to this world because no man is perfect. We needed the Perfect Man and that’s Christ took on humanity to become our atonement sacrifice. Please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?)
May we choose Him daily.
Peace be with you all.
~T. R. Noble