May 16, 2017

1 John 5:15 (NLT) — 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

We have been talking about how pleasing the Lord opens His ears to our prayer requests. Have you ever been in a grocery store where they were giving out free samples of food on a toothpick or in a little white paper cup? Did you sample and then buy the food because everyone else was, even though you weren’t that thrilled with it? Have you ever answered the doorbell only to find some young person standing there wanting to sell you magazine subscriptions so the they could go on a trip to Europe? And you bought even though you really didn’t want any of the magazines? Did you buy cookies from the Girl Scouts who had a stand out in front of Walmart? You didn’t really need the cookies but you couldn’t just walk by. You could walk by the Salvation Army bell ringer without putting in some money; I mean after all what would that person think if you just walked by. Or a group of co workers are bashing the boss at lunch time and you join in even though you really don’t agree with what they are saying.

Have you ever been through the check out line at a store and the clerk asks if you would like to donate a dollar to their missing children’s fund? Did you say yes even though you didn’t want to because in your mind you said, “Its only a dollar.” Ever had a friend invite you over for supper and then you found out he wanted you to get involved in a multi level marketing business? You didn’t want to but you also didn’t want to disappoint your friend so you so you signed up because you could then at least get a discount on the product. Did you answer the phone one night and have someone say they were collecting money for disabled veterans who fought for your freedoms? You didn’t want to appear insensitive and ungrateful so you donated. Ever had kids at church come and ask you to buy pizzas or cookies so that their band could go to Washington or so that they could get new basketball uniforms? Hard to say ‘no’ right; particularly when they were your friends kids.

We get in the habit of pleasing people even when we don’t want to. Why is that? It could be that we didn’t want to stand out from the crowd. Or we didn’t want to come across as not caring; after all we have an image to uphold. Or we fear being talked about behind our backs. Maybe its a fear of being rejected. What ever it is it is certainly not a healthy way to live. We allow others to control us instead of the Holy Spirit. Listen to what the Apostle Paul said:

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

If you said ‘yes’ to any of the above scenarios then you know how to please. Why not turn that ability to please into pleasing God? You are Christ’s servant and pleasing people is not your goal. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you put an end to the people pleasing in your life. Make a stand for Jesus and watch the spirit within you become energized and experience a healthy new way of life. Watch as your prayers start to be answered because God has started listening again.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In your examples there is one that God would want us to agree to. Ny putting something in the red bucket you are giving to the those on need and therefore are giving to God.

  2. Toni Ericson says:

    Wow. People pleasing, so easy to do, yet where is the productivity with the relationship with our Lord? I am guilty. Thank you for opening my eyes.