PEOPLE PLEASER

| 15 May 2013 |

PEOPLE PLEASER

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: 1 Sam 15:24-31

*Saul Pleads for Forgiveness*

*24 *Then Saul admitted to Samuel, “Yes, I have sinned. I have
disobeyed your instructions and the Lord’s command, for I was afraid
of the people and did what they demanded. *25 *But now, please forgive
my sin and come back with me so that I may worship the Lord.”

*26 *But Samuel replied, “I will not go back with you! Since you
have rejected the Lord’s command, he has rejected you as king of
Israel.”

*27 *As Samuel turned to go, Saul tried to hold him back and tore the
hem of his robe. *28 *And Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the
kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to someone
else—one who is better than you. *29 *And he who is the Glory of
Israel will not lie, nor will he change his mind, for he is not human
that he should change his mind!”

*30 *Then Saul pleaded again, “I know I have sinned. But please, at
least honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel by
coming back with me so that I may worship the Lordyour God.” *31 *So
Samuel finally agreed and went back with him, and Saul worshiped the
Lord.

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The need to please people is a crippling one. Sometimes, our people
pleasing tendencies are a mere inconvenience. Sometimes they have far
reaching affects.

Saul admits to Samuel that he sinned against God because “I was
afraid of the people and what they demanded”. Our responses can
often sound very similar: “I was afraid of what they would say” or
“I was afraid they would think less of me” or “I was afraid I
would lose friends”.

Our decision to serve Christ is not half hearted one. Serving Christ,
means serving Him fully, whatever the cost. Serving Christ over the
years has cost people their families, their dignity, their lives. Yet
it seems in our culture today, people will serve Christ as long as it
doesn’t make them look bad. Fear of other peoples opinions stands in
the way of Christ’s purposes being fulfilled far too often.

A CALL TO ACTION

Are you being disobedient simply because you think it will make you
unpopular to obey God? If so, know this: you are choosing the approval
of man over the approval of God – a foolish choice.

Today, examine your heart and ask yourself honestly: “Is there an
area where I am being a people pleaser instead of a God pleaser?”.
If there is, confess it to God and change that behaviour.

A PRAYER TO PRAY

Lord I’m sorry for the times I choose the approval of people over
your approval. Please forgive me. Please help me to always seek your
approval and obey you rather than desiring to be popular. Amen.

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