When you begin to truly live your life for Christ, other people will begin to notice. People will notice your joy and your positive attitude and they may even compliment you on these things and aspire to be like you. But don’t let this be your motivation for a Christ centered life. Even though the life you live for Christ may inspire your family and friends and perhaps even positively affect the way they see you, never let that be the reason you do what you do!
Sometimes when we are received well by family members, or friends, or maybe even someone we’re interested in or a potential employer, we can start to feel all kinds of pressure to try and keep that up. And while this might make us feel good about ourselves for a little while, it will eventually become exhausting and ultimately, destructive.
Here’s why: if we center what we do in life on people pleasing, we will constantly be competing with anything and everyone to try and make sure they’re still approving of us. This is no way to live and since there is no possible way to please everyone, it leads to a dead end.
Let what you do in life be because God has placed it on your heart to do it, not so you gain the approval of others.
People pleasing can be tempting, but as the Apostle Paul reminds us in today’s passage, it’s far better to be a servant of Christ than to try to please other people…even when it comes to people you really care about. Continue to seek God approval more than anything else.
Today’s devotional was written by:
Morgan Harper Nichols, QWC Founder
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