Who do you live to please? There’s really only a couple of options.
People live to please themselves or someone else.
We have gurus and self-help experts who tell us:
- “Take care of number one!”
- “Get Yours!”
- “You do you!”
There was a point in history where people served someone higher than them in social standing, wanting their approval or favor. That still exists to a degree and in certain professions. If you’ve ever watched any political drama that takes places in the White House, you’ll hear the phrase, “I serve at the pleasure of the President.” But most of us every-day-Joes-and-Janes, don’t work in that arena.
But what would happen if we served at the pleasure of the one true God?
The Apostle Paul puts it this way…
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but betransformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:1-2 NIV
The truth is, we don’t need to live to please anyone, but our heavenly father… God. We needn’t be concerned with the thoughts and opinions of anybody else. And he reveals his acceptance and love for us, regardless of our unworthiness, by his sacrifice through Jesus Christ, his son.
Most people try to gain that kind of acceptance and love from their earthly or biological father.
But it’s impossible for a finite father to fill the cup of your eternal soul.
Fathers, we do our best, right? But in the end, there’s just some support, wisdom, character, or things we aren’t able to, forget to, or are too busy to… pass on.
It is futile to live for the pleasure of any person, including yourself. But living for, or serving at the pleasure of, our heavenly father… that we can do.
I think when we are able to test and approve God’s will, we will find his will is for our freedom.
On Father’s Day weekend, my family took me camping and recently as I was editing a highlight reel of that time, and I came across a clip. It’s just a short clip of Josiah and Brynn dancing in the river and being goofy. But their care-free, life-loving, dad-took-at-me dance made me smile. In other words, it gave me great joy.
God wants to see us dance in his presence, just like my kids did on that day.
I pray that as you go about your day, you’ll find ways to joyfully remember, God knows you, he loves you and he’s set you free… so you can dance. Don’t worry about the approval of anyone else, you’ve already got his.