lives to please somebody. Many live to please themselves.
Christians cannot go through life pleasing only themselves. Paul
wrote in Romans 15:1, "We then that are strong ought to bear
the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves."
We must also
be careful when it comes to trying to please others. It is possible
to please others and honor God, but it is also possible to please
others and dishonor God in the process. Paul said in Galatians 1:10-
"For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please
men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
We cannot be the servant of Christ while seeking to please others.
As a servant, our concern must be to please our Master.
There is an
old story that is often told about an elderly man who was traveling
with a boy and a donkey. As they walked through a village, the man
was leading the donkey and the boy was walking behind. The townspeople
said the old man was foolish for not riding, so to please them he
climbed upon the animal's back. When they came to the next village,
the people said the old man was cruel to let the child walk while
he enjoyed the ride. So, to please them, he got off and set the
boy on the animal's back and continued on his way. In the third
village, people accused the child of being lazy for making the old
man walk, and the suggestion was made that they both ride. So the
man climbed on and they set off again. In the fourth village, the
townspeople were indignant at the cruelty to the donkey because
he was made to carry two people. The frustrated man was last seen
carrying the donkey down the road.
We smile, but this story makes a good point that can be so true
to life. We can't please everybody. If we try to please everybody,
we will end up carrying a heavy burden that is impossible for us
preachers, and all Christians desperately need to learn this principle.
Well- meaning people may offer us advice, and much of it is valuable.
But when we try to please everyone, often we please no one, and
easily become frustrated and confused.
In light of
this, it is crucial that we resign ourselves to the fact that it
is impossible to please everybody, no matter what you say and do.
That is why we all need to remember that the one we must please
above all others is Christ. And we do that by faithfully obeying
God's Word to the best of our ability. This was Paul's attitude
when he ministered in Thessalonica. He wrote, "But as we were
allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak;
not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts" (1 Thessalonians
ought to be the major motive of the Christian's life in all things.
Enoch walked with God, and before God took him, Enoch "had
this testimony, that he pleased God" (Hebrews 11:5). Jesus
said, "And He that sent me is with me: the Father hath not
left me alone; for I do always those things that please Him"
How do we know
what pleases God? As we read His Word, we get to know the heart
and will of God and that which pleases and displeases Him (2 Peter
1:3). We should make it our goal to be filled with that knowledge
and live accordingly. Paul said in Colossians 1:9-11, "For
this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray
for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge
of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might
walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every
good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened
with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience
and longsuffering with joyfulness."
4:16, Paul said, "Am I therefore become your enemy, because
I tell you the truth?" Speaking and living the truth can make
you some enemies. But at the judgment, we shall be judged not by
the thoughts and opinions of men but by the word of God. Inner joy
and peace comes from knowing that one is living a faithful Christian
life well-pleasing unto God.
Whom to Please?
Let's please God!
Campaign Updates: The updates
are posted on the Ghana web-site and can be reached by going to
either the churchs homepage or www.ghanamissions.com.
Just click on the Campaign 2002 link (like at the top of this
article) that you will find on either page.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
A full report and photos will be posted soon. Ted
Sunday, August, 4, 2002
building permits have been approved and should be posted on the
property this week.
are waiting for the final approval of our funding and are looking
forward to beginning the work in the very near future.