Who Do You Want To Please?

“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.” –Galatians 1:10 (ESV)

This morning I was reading Galatians and this verse jumped out at me.  Paul’s statement here speaks so loudly to the spirit of our age, and the church is not immune.  In my current ministry context, this has not been a tremendous challenge, but I’ve talked to several folks lately for whom it is.  And God’s Word speaks so clearly to this, though it can be difficult to put into practice.

What a temptation it often is for pastors to simply acquiesce to the loudest voices, despite knowing that it’s not best for the church, the vision, or the mission.

What a temptation it often is for leaders to quietly allow others to “lead’ in directions that they know are not best, simply to “keep the peace.”

We must listen to the words of Paul.  Pastors and leaders, we serve an audience of One, and His voice ought to be the one we listen to most.