Yesterday I was reading a little bit more in the book ‘Beautiful Outlaw’ by John Eldredge and he was writing about how Jesus is perfectly true to Himself. No other person in all of history has ever lived a life purely as Himself and wholly devoted to pleasing God every waking minute. Check out this verse in John 8. It says, ’29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.’ Think about that…’I always do what pleases Him.’ When we really start to get honest with ourselves we are a far cry from this kind of life. Every day we dress, carry ourselves, talk, and act in ways that fit into whatever group we are trying to win acceptance from. I think about my highschool days. There were certain brands that were ‘cool’ to wear and other brands that were a social death sentence. I remember having nightmares about being seen buying clothes in K Mart.
When I really stop and reflect on my life I am obsessed with pleasing people and I am constantly haunted by the fear of men and worried about letting someone down or being rejected. So I adapt my behavior to be acceptable in their sight and win their approval. God wants to sanctify that in me where more and more each day I can become truly ‘me.’ How freeing to wake up in the morning and live a day purely as yourself and not trying to be someone you’re not. That’s how Jesus lived each and every day. There wasn’t a single cell in His body that was trying to please the religious leaders, the social elites or the ‘cool’ crowd but rather He simply hit the ground each day as Himself, living to please His Father. The apostle Paul also challenges us to live this way. Check out what he says in Galatians 1:10 ’10 Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.’ What a great question for you and me to ask ourselves today and in each moment and each decision we make….who am I trying to please? God or man?