08 Oct Don’t be a Man-Pleaser! (Gal 1:10) by Dr. Rich Reich
“Am I now currying favor with human beings or God? Or am I seeking to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ.” ~ Gal 1:10 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: Do you constantly find yourself concerned about what others think about you? If so, you might want to reflect on whether you desire more to please Man or to please God. Our politically correct culture may have you doing things against your own conscience in order to fit in with society. I remember being at the University of Florida during the 2008 presidential election and how it seemed like the majority of the student body was going to vote for Obama, because it was the cool thing to do. Despite having friends who were voting for a pro-abortion president, I stood by my Faith and voted Pro-Life. Don’t compromise your Faith! The fact is you can never please everybody. Fortunately, there is only One Person whose approval we need to seek. Regardless of what other people say or do, God will never leave you if you are in covenant with Him. Actually obeying God can also bring us favor with people. Proverbs 16:7 says, “When the Lord is pleased with a man’s ways, He makes even his enemies be at peace with him.” Lord, may I always obey You and put your ways before Man’s ways. Amen.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Satellite Beach, FL. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Reflect on whether you desire more to please Man or to please God, and pray for the strength and courage to remain always obedient to our Lord, Jesus Christ. Stand by your Faith this presidential election and vote Pro-Life!
Feast Day: St. Thais
Faith Quote: “We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.” – Ethel Barrett
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion (images) is #1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Mt 28:19.