KEY SCRIPTURE:1 Samuel 15:24 KJV “And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice”.
King Saul had the honor to do the will or word of God and establish his throne in Israel, yet he sadly disappointed himself. He rather pleased or feared men than God. Fear always has an element of reverence and worship. Everything you fear would control your actions. The one and only person to fear is our heavenly Father.
Isaiah 8:13 KJV” Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread “. To sanctify is to set apart from every other person, thing or situation. We are accountable to God and relate to others on our terms with Him.
Fearing and pleasing men has driven many well-meaning people into all kinds of wrong and abominable actions. There are certain men of God who started as very genuine servants of God, yet because they wanted to be known as men of influence and affluence, they have compromised their stands. Some have bowed to the devil to give them, the riches of this world. Others use all kinds of deception to extort money to be rich. There are others who would not preach the truth of God’s word because, someone in their congregation would be displeased. Instead of correcting errors they would rather keep quiet about it.
There are also certain workers in various categories who play eyeservice. In the presence of their superiors, or Pastors, they act in a way to show how humble or hard working they are. All these are ways to please men. Colossians 3:22 KJV” Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God”:
Dear one we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ, when our motives would be revealed. Some people would lose everything because their works would be burnt up. 1 Corinthians 3:13 KJV” Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is”. The man or woman you are seeking to please would not be your judge. Why do you give such regard to man and spite God who will be our ultimate judge?
Dear father I pray that I will be alert to know when my actions would please men, instead of you. May I always have the courage to act truthfully at all times to honor you alone.
2Corinth 5:10 KJV” For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad”.
Ephesians 6:6 KJV” Not with eyeservice, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;”