Read: Galatians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4

Remember that time in high school when you desperately wanted to fit in with a certain group of friends? Maybe you changed the way you dressed, altered your interests, or even compromised your values just to gain their approval. It seemed like the more you tried to please them, the more you lost sight of who you truly were. Eventually, you realized that chasing after their approval was not only exhausting but also unfulfilling.

One of the critical aspects of living a life that matters is having a God-pleasing orientation. Paul makes it clear that their message and ministry were not about pleasing people but pleasing God. This focus is crucial because seeking the approval of man can trap us in a cycle of superficiality and compromise.

In Galatians 1:10, Paul reiterates that seeking to please man is incompatible with being a servant of Christ. Our primary allegiance must be to God, whose approval and glory should be our ultimate aim. This commitment requires boldness and courage, especially when facing opposition and conflict.

Reflect on areas of your life where you might be seeking the approval of others instead of God. Consider how you can reorient your focus and actions to please God, knowing that He is the one who ultimately tests our hearts.

Questions for Reflection:

  1. Are there areas in your life where you seek human approval over God’s?
  2. How can you develop a mindset that prioritizes pleasing God above all else?
  3. What changes can you make to align your actions with a God-pleasing orientation?