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Sermon #23: Who Do You Seek to Please?

"I seek not to please myself but him who sent me." - John 5:30 (NIV)

Jesus - what a role model! He says, "I seek not to please myself but him [God] who sent me."

It's time for some introspection - who exactly do you seek to please? 

Some Christians seek to please themselves, the very thing Jesus shunned. Such people do anything that gives them pleasure - what God thinks about it matters not, or they just might be struggling with certain issues pertaining to their lives. 

Similarly, some Christians go a long way to please other people - their friends, parents, other relatives, etc. What's worrying is that some of such Christians even go to the extent of doing things that are clearly out of line with the will of God - just to please people. Some have been asked by their relatives (and obliged) to abandon the way of the Lord!

Who exactly do you seek to please? Think seriously about this for a moment.

"But Peter and John replied, 'Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight toobey you rather than God'" - Acts 4:19). 

Peter and John sought not to obey people, but to obey God; not to please people, but to please God. Note: As you seek to please God, you might please some people in the process; you also might disappoint others. Please God, nevertheless! 

Jesus said, "I seek not to please myself but him who sent me."

Won't you emulate him?