Daily Devotional – 8/12/16 “People pleaser or God’s servant?”

Because we are spiritual beings in natural bodies, we sometimes seek the approvals of others. Please understand, it’s not something that most of us set out to do yet we find ourselves doing it without even noticing. Think about it. Many times we post things on social media for likes and comments and because we do this, we get our feelings hurt when we get 10 likes instead of 100. We tend to get dressed with the thought, in the back of our mind, ‘what will they think.’ And we’ll even go places we know we aren’t comfortable just to please people. Well beloved, I’ve lived long enough to now know and understand, people pleasing isn’t for me. See, I’ve come to the realization that when you try to please people, you’ll get let down in the process because what you thought they should have liked and accepted, they won’t. Now, you’re all in your feelings because you’ve been disappointed by somebody you had no business trying to please anyway.

Look, we have to make it up in our minds that we are no longer working for the approval of man because when you work for their approval, you’ll also get their opinions. So instead I’ll just say like Galatians 1:10, “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.” Don’t you understand that there will always be somebody who don’t like the way you talk, somebody mad at the way you walk, somebody looking you up and down for the way you dress and somebody speaking on your blessing. Chile, folk get mad talking about you think you better than everybody else all because you can rock a $10 dress from WalMart. This is why, as children of God, we’ve got to get away from being of this world and seek to please our Heavenly Father. You won’t be liked by everybody, deal with it. Everyone won’t celebrate your accomplishments, get over it. Everybody won’t give you a 5 star review, suck it up. Because if pleasing people is your goal, obviously you aren’t a servant of God.

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Daily Devotional – 10/16/15 “Who are you proving it too?”

Why do we spend the majority of our time trying to please folk and then give God the sloppy parts that’s left? I mean, some of us (I’m using us because this thang is about everybody) get up every day to post pictures of our relationship because we want to prove to social media it’s as good as you say it is. Yet, we aren’t trying to make it so and prove to God that it is. We are so worried with how folk will see us on the outside that we forget about the fact that God is looking on the inside. We take more time arguing with folk about our spirituality yet we don’t spend any time with God accepting His anointing. Yea, we post spiritual messages but how’s your life outside of social media? Does it match? We upload picture after picture of a smiling face but at home we’re drinking tears for water. Who are you trying to prove it too that you’re happy? Maybe if we spent more time trying to be happy, we wouldn’t have to put on a show for the world because then we’d actually be happy.

I’m only asking the question … who are you trying to prove it too? You do know that folk will talk about you no matter what you do, right? Then why are you concerned about them when you need to be concerned with God, who you barely speak too. Baby, you’ll never do it right for everybody because somebody in the group will find something wrong with you, your appearance, your relationship, what you say, the job you have, the car or house you stay in or what you did yesterday. Some of the folks you’re friends with on social media don’t like you anyway, they are simply waiting for something drastic to happen in your life so they can run and tell. Why are you trying to entertain them? You won’t talk about God out of fear of what folk might say. You won’t come to bible study because you don’t want folk to know you ready/study God’s word. You don’t go to Sunday school because then folk may ask who you’re changing for. You barely go to worship because then folk might call you holy. Well, I suggest you stop worrying about “them” because they can’t put you in Heaven or hell. Stop trying to please folk, you can’t! Ask yourself this question, “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. (Galatians 1:10)”