ross barnett 2

WORSHIP

ROSS BARNETT

Galatians 1:10

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Growing up, I possessed one characteristic that seemed to always get me into trouble. I wish I could say I have grown out of this trait, but I can say that I’ve gotten better at recognizing the damage it has caused(causes?). You see, I’m a relentless people pleaser. I have always loved to win the approval of others. For far too many years, I had no idea who I really was because I had spent most of my energy trying to be whoever everyone else wanted me to be.

Eventually, applying this endless effort began to catch up with me. I was exhausted. Trying to please people is hopeless because people are simply never pleased. I was fighting a losing battle.

The more of my time, energy, and identity I poured into trying to please others, the less I had left to give to God. All this time was spent to please the unpleasable, when all along, the God of the Universe had given his life for me because he was already pleased with me! I didn’t have to earn His favor or His love; I just had to embrace the truth of my identity.

God knows the damage people pleasing does to our hearts, minds, and souls. Why do you think He calls us to live differently? He wants the absolute best for us. If we place our value in anything other than Him, we will always come up dry—it’s inevitable. God wants to offer us so much more; that’s why his love and approval has already been given. It’s a gift, not a result of our effort. You are already valuable, loved, and approved. The hard work has already been done; now you get to respond out of your love for Him.

QUESTION 1. Whose approval do you strive to gain? How do you do so?
QUESTION 2. How can you serve God today in response to his love and favor for you?
CHALLENGE: Do not let others, who are unappeasable (unpleasable?), dictate your value. Serve the God who will never reject you and always love you!