1 Thessalonians 2:4 - Focus on Pleasing God, Not People.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NLT) For we speak as
messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the
Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not
people. He alone examines the motives of our
God made you to be you. He didnt make
you to be what your parents want you to be. He
didnt make you to be what your spouse, boss, or
friends want you to be.
God wants you to be exactly who he
created you to be. That means you have to refuse to
be defined by others.
Hebrews 11:24 says, By faith Moses,
when he had grown up, refused to be known as the
son of Pharaohs daughter (NIV).
Moses had an identity crisis. He was born
a Hebrew slave but raised as Egyptian royalty,
the grandson of Pharaoh. When he grew up, he had
two choices: He could pretend to be Pharaohs
grandson for the rest of his life and live with
luxury, fame, and power.
Or he could admit who he really was: a
Jew. If he did, his family would kick him out to
live with slaves the rest of his life. He would
be disgraced and humiliated and live a life of
pain and drudgery.
Which would you choose?
Most people today are living lies.
Theyre trying to be people theyre not. But Moses
refused to live a lie because he was a man of
integrity. Against all kinds of peer pressure, he
insisted on being who God made him to be.
Heres my question for you: Who are you
letting determine your identity?
Some of you have parents who died years
ago, but youre still trying to live up to
their expectations. Some of you are hanging on to
what your ex-husband or ex-wife said to you, and
youre trying to prove that person wrong. Some of
you are trying to keep up with what the culture
says you should be.
But the Bible says this: Our purpose
is to please God, not people. He alone examines
the motives of our hearts (1 Thessalonians
Choose to be who God made you to be.
Simply say, I resolve to no longer let other
people press me into their mold. Im going to do
what God wants me to do and fulfill the plan he
has for my life - not somebody elses plan for
Friends, that is real success in life.
God wants you to be exactly who he created you
to be and nothing more. [Daily Devotional by
Rick Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/]
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Colossians 3:23 - ALIVE in CHRIST!
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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