Galatians 1:10 NLT – “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”
Although Paul does not come right out and say it, this is a warning to teachers and preachers of God’s Truth. Before this verse, there is a passage about a curse upon people who incorrectly teach or represent the Good News.
I suppose that there is a trap for ministers to tell people only what they want to hear or only what we think will not upset them. With increased attention on the size of congregations and the amount of offerings, an unhappy parallel can begin to form. If we tell people what they do not want to hear, then they stop coming to church, we have lost another member of our congregation. I do not see the position of a minister as one of only challenging the wrongs of others. But, truth is truth. We can speak the truth in love for the building up of God’s Kingdom.
For the sake of Christ and the Good News, we must be willing to say what God lays on our hearts, no matter whether people approve of us or not.
If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.
Soli Deo Gloria!
One response to “God-pleasers”
Excellent Insights! Also, I have to confess that as much as I love marketing and technology, it has replaced the movement of the Holy Spirit. There isn’t a better advertising campaign than a church overflowed by wonders and miracles but that could make feel some people uncomfortable, so be better don’t peach about it!