“On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4, NIV
My friend whose husband is a pastor told me about a conflict in their church. Her husband had made a decision that he knew obeyed and honored God, but several church members were angry with him. Publicly. And then they left his church. Even though he was discouraged, the pastor summed up the situation with these words: “I’m called to be the pastor God wants…which isn’t always the pastor they want.”
I admire his humble and faithful obedience, even in the face of rejection and scorn. In the same way, Paul wrote the believers in Thessalonica that he wasn’t about trying to please men, but God. Paul cared little for man’s approval–but he lived to bring glory to God alone.
Lord, bring me to a place where I want Your favor more than the praise of man. Too often I jump to please or impress people. But God, test my heart. Be my vision and my motivation. Let Your name and renown be the desire of my heart! (Isaiah 26:8) Amen.