While others are doubting … Believe.
While others are playing … Plan.
While others are sleeping … Study.
While others are delaying … Decide.
While others are daydreaming … Prepare.
While others are procrastinating … Begin.
While others are wishing … Work.
While others are talking … Listen.
While others are pouting … Smile.
While are others are criticizing … Commend.
While others are quitting … Persist.
do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still
pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)
At times you will have to make a choice
between pleasing God and pleasing those around you, for God’s ways are not
man’s ways (Isa. 55:8–9). As important as it is to strive for good relations
with others, it is even more important to maintain a steadfast and obedient
relationship with Christ. Disobeying God to keep peace with other people is
never wise. Peace with God is always paramount.
Jesus warned that obeying Him might
cause division in your relationships (Matt. 10:35–36). If Paul’s primary goal
had been to please others, he would never have become an apostle of Jesus
Christ. Paul went completely against the wishes of his colleagues in order to
At times, obedience to God sets family
members at odds with each other (Matt. 10:35–36). When you follow Jesus’
Lordship, your family may misunderstand, or even oppose you, yet your obedience
to God reflects your identity as His child. Jesus said that those who obey His
will are His brothers and sisters (Luke 8:21). God does not intend to divide
the home, but He places obedience before domestic harmony.
It is important to get alone in
quietness with God so that you understand what pleases Him. The world’s
thinking will mislead you more easily when you are not clear about what God
It broke Peter’s heart to know that the
opinion of a servant girl had mattered more to him than the approval of his
If the desire to appease others tempts
you to compromise what you know God wants you to do, learn from Peter’s
mistake. Determine that you will please your Lord regardless of the opinions of
others. Note: Orig Title - Pleasing God, pleasing Men