Encouragement for your daily walk with God
Every Christ follower must answer a basic question on a regular basis: Who am I ultimately trying to please, God or man? The answer to that question has consequences. If the answer is, I want to please God, then it will lead to confidence and peace. If the answer is, I want to please men, then it will lead to anxiety and frustration.
The apostle Paul probably knew this better than anyone. First, it needs to be mentioned that he penned a verse in the New Testament about it [1 Thessalonians 2:4]. But even more than that, he endured extreme hardships in life because he desired to please God by spreading the gospel to unreached people. He wrote about some of those hardships to the Corinthians Christ followers. During his time as a Christ follower, he had been shipwrecked, stoned, beaten, often without food and more! [2 Corinthians 11:25-27]
In the midst of his trying times, Paul remained confident, knowing that God’s grace was sufficient for him [2 Corinthians 12:9]. He understood that when the object of our motivation isn’t Jesus [to please God], we get off course, and the side effects make us weary and frustrated at best. How wonderful to know that God is aware of our motives—He sees right through us—and loves us anyway! That’s just one more reason to please God!
For we speak as messengers who have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He is the one who examines the motives of our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4