Galatians 1:10 - Living To Please Man Or God?

Galatians 1:10 (NIV) 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 men, I would not be a servant of Christ.  

Galatians 1:10 (NLT) Obviously, Im not 
trying to win the approval of people, but of God. 
If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be 
Christs servant. 


People-Pleasing Is Idolatry
   In life, you have to please only one 
person: your Creator. You only have to please the 
Lord, the one who made you and has a purpose for 
your life. 
   That simplifies life enormously! 
   Jesus said, I dont try to please 
myself, but I try to please the One who sent me 
(John 5:30 NCV). Hes saying, in effect, 
Im living for an audience of one. 
   Did you know that people-pleasing is a 
form of idolatry? The first commandment in the 
Ten Commandments says, You shall have no 
other gods before me (Exodus 20:3 NIV).  
   Anything you put before God becomes a 
god. So a boat could be a god. A career could be 
a god. A girlfriend could be a god. Golf could 
be a god. Anything that becomes number one in 
your life that isnt God becomes your god.  
   The second commandment is, You must 
not make for yourself an idol (Exodus 20:4 
NLT). Anything that replaces God in your life is 
an idol. Success can be an idol. Money can be 
an idol. Sex can be an idol. A relationship can 
become an idol. If that relationship to your 
spouse, boss, or friend is more important than God, 
its an idol. 
   People pleasers allow other peoples 
opinions to take first place in their lives. Those 
opinions become a god because they matter more than 
Gods opinion. You dont want to tell people 
youre a Christian because they might think less of 
you. You dont want them to know you go to 
church because they may not like you. At that 
point, you have another god in your life. You have 
made an idol of people-pleasing.  
   Paul says in Galatians 1:10, Im not 
trying to win the approval of people, but of God. 
If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be 
Christs servant (NLT). 
   Almost everyone wants to be liked. Its 
tempting to want to please other people. But dont 
do it at the expense of pleasing God. As a 
servant of Christ, you have an audience of one. You 
need to only please God. [Daily Devotional by 
Rick Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


Do you spend your life trying to please 
everybody? Paul had to speak harshly to the Christians 
in Galatia because they were in serious danger. 
He did not apologize for his straightforward 
words, knowing that he could not serve Christ 
faithfully if he allowed the Galatian Christians to 
remain on the wrong track. Whose approval are you 
seeking - others' or God's? Pray for the courage to 
seek God's approval above anyone else's.  [Life 
Application SB] 

   At times you will have to make a choice 
between pleasing God and pleasing those around you, 
for Gods ways are not mans ways (Is 
55:8"9). As important as it is to strive for good 
relations with others, it is even more important to 
maintain a steadfast and obedient relationship with 
Christ. Disobeying God to keep peace with other 
people is never wise. Peace with God is always 
   Jesus warned that obeying Him might cause 
division in your relationships (Mt 10:35"36). If 
Pauls primary goal had been to please others, he 
would never have become an apostle of Jesus 
Christ. Paul went completely against the wishes of 
his colleagues in order to obey Christ. At 
times, obedience to God sets family members at odds 
with each other (Mt 10:35"36). When you follow 
Jesus Lordship, your family may misunderstand, or 
even oppose you, yet your obedience to God 
reflects your identity as His child. Jesus said that 
those who obey His will are His brothers and 
sisters (Lu 8:21). God does not intend to divide the 
home, but He places obedience before domestic 
   It is important to get alone in quietness 
with God so that you understand what pleases Him. 
The worlds thinking will mislead you more 
easily when you are not clear about what God 
desires. It broke Peters heart to know that the 
opinion of a servant girl had mattered more to him 
than the approval of his Lord! If the desire to 
appease others tempts you to compromise what you 
know God wants you to do, learn from Peters 
mistake. Determine that you will please your Lord 
regardless of the opinions of others. [Experiencing God 
Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby] 

   Paul knew that if he was going to be a 
real servant of Christ, he could not tiptoe 
around the message that the people of Galatia 
needed to hear. They were in much danger of being 
led astray by false teaching, and he did not 
make apologies for his bluntness or 
straightforwardness in steering them back to the truth. Paul 
knew that he was dealing with life-and-death 
issues because the Judaizers' perversion of the 
gospel of Christ was spreading like wildfire 
throughout Galatia. I am trying to please God," he 
proclaimed. He was clear on who his real audience was: 
God. Is our focus on pleasing people or on 
pleasing God? What dilemmas, situations, concerns, or 
people do you face that tempt you not to speak out 
in boldness or not to live in a way that will 
bring God the greatest honor and glory? Just as 
Paul did, we can exchange being a people pleaser 
for a much higher calling"being a servant of 
   LORD, I desire to live as Christ's 
servant and not as a people pleader. I realize that 
I cannot seek the approval of others as I live 
for you. It is your approval alone that I seek, 
the approval that really counts. Help me to 
speak and act in boldness and love as I serve you. 
[Praying Through The Bible By Fuller] 


   A young man once studied violin under a 
world-renowned violinist and master teacher. He worked hard 
for several years at perfecting his talent, and 
the day finally came when he was called upon to 
give his first major public recital in the large 
city where both he and his teacher lived. 
Following each selection, which he performed with 
great skill and passion, the performer seemed 
uneasy about the great applause he received. Even 
though he knew those in the audience were musically 
astute and not likely to give such applause to a 
less than superior performance, the young man 
acted almost as if he couldn't hear the 
appreciation that was being showered upon him. 
   At the close of the last number, the 
applause was thunderous and numerous "Bravo's" were 
shouted. The talented young violinist, however, had 
his eyes glued on only one spot. Finally, when 
an elderly man in the first row of the balcony 
smiled and nodded to him in approval, the young man 
relaxed and beamed with both relief and joy. His 
teacher had praised his work! The applause of 
thousands meant nothing until he had first won the 
approval of the master. 
   Who are you most trying to please today? 
[God's Little Devotional Bible] 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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