Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Whom Shall I Please?

Those who are servants of Christ, those who are entrusted with the secret things of God, do not see themselves winning popularity contests--not even within the church's borders....There is only one Person whose "Well Done!" on the last day means anything.  In comparison, the approval or disapproval of the church means nothing. 

It is not even your own estimate of your service that is important.  Feeling good about your ministry may have some limited utility somewhere, but surely it has no ultimate significance.  You may think more highly of your service than God does; you may think less of your service than God does.  But if you are constantly trying to please yourself, to make self-esteem your ultimate goal, then you are forgetting whose servant you are, whom you must strive to please.

Don Carson
The Cross and Christian Ministry
Page 97

Galatians 1:10

For am I now seeking the favor of men,
or of God? If I were still trying to please
men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
(This includes seeking to please ourselves)

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