Calling All People Pleasers

Image"For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway" 

I'm still learning a reoccurring lesson in my life. In my short 25 years or even shorter of just about 10 years saved, God has continually taken me back to that one line. My life will always be about me and Him. 

Oh it's easy to lose focus in a world ran by distractions and there are plenty of other things that are important. Go to work, do your job, care for your family, tend to relationships, add church in, manage finances, all the while trying to be a witness, to be selfless, to love wholeheartedly, and excel in all you do. I'll admit sometimes for me it's hard to remember that through all of that, it's not about pleasing my boss, my family, my friends, my mentors, my pastors, my kids, my youth, my students; it's not even about being someone they can be proud of or someone they can rely on. (It doesn't mean I don't want to be someone they can be proud of and rely on, it's just not about that) The truth is if we spend our life trying to be what everyone else wants us to be, trying to be someone that everyone can be proud of, someone that makes everyone happy, someone that everyone can rely on, you'll more likely than not find yourself completely drained and frustrated because you took on a responsibility that you were never asked to take on. 

I have found that I am most satisfied in life when I truly allow EVERYTHING to take a backseat to just being a lover to Jesus. When I pursue after Him like a lovestruck young man pursues after the love of his life then I find my rest, my peace, my JOY, because it's all from Him. It's in those moments when I can stop and say, "It was never between me and them anyway"

The enemy would love for your life to be more about your ministry, your job, even your family, than it is about Him because when He becomes the focus, your ministry, your job, and your family will be taken care of as you are being filled up and fulfilled in Him. He will fulfill you, He will affirm you, He will love you unconditionally, but often we never hear His voice because we're so preoccupied with what others are saying or doing. 

Let me tell you two liberating facts.
One is that Jesus said that the first commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. That means that the most important focus of your life will never be pleasing people, but rather simply loving Him and if you do that, you'll be pleasing to Him. 

Second is that God NOT ONE TIME asked you to please man, just to love them unconditionally (whether they approve of you or not). See in fact, when you try to please man, you do the opposite of what God wants. He wants you to love Him first, pursue after Him first, then in His presence He will give you His love in order to love others correctly. 

"For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ" (Gal. 1:10) 

Remember, it's about you and Him. 

Be Blessed, 

J. Tate