Oftentimes, we follow the ways of this world, even doing things that could cause harm to ourselves or others. We do this so we can receive acceptance and affirmation from those around us, and don’t seem to notice how wrong it can be. I recently heard about the trend of eating tide pods (aka little detergent pack things). There have been other dangerous trends throughout the years, and for those reading this in future weeks/months/years, I’m sure there are other risky trends going around. The question is, will trying to impress others ever fulfill our hearts? The answer is no. There will always be new trends and new things we will have to do to be accepted once again. As soon as we acquire popularity or love from others today, tomorrow there will be a new standard that we have to reach. It’s an unending cycle.
I’m going to put this truthfully and a bit bluntly: pleasing this world will never fulfill the void that is in your heart. There is a space in your heart that only the Lord can fill. When we chase after this world, and strive to please others, we will be left empty and depressed. You see, God is the One who created your heart, and therefore, He is the only One who can truly satisfy it. True love and fulfillment does not come from a mere human, but from your Heavenly Father who has an unending and fervent love for Y O U. Receiving love from others when we do something that seems “cool” is merely a cheap counterfeit when compared to the reckless love of the Father.
I once heard a very truthful quote that went like this: “The only One who can satisfy the human heart is the One who made it.” Here are a couple Scriptures on this topic:
Galatians 1:10 // For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? For if I were still pleasing men, I wouldn’t be a servant of Christ.
1 Peter 2:11-12 // Beloved, I beg you as foreigners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having good behavior among the nations, so in that of which they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they see, glorify God in the day of visitation.
WOW. I love how the first verse points out that we can’t be striving to please men, and serve Christ at the same time. We cannot serve two masters, as it says in Matthew 6:24. That passage was referring to serving God and money, but I believe that we cannot serve the world and God at the same time. We must make a choice: will I serve the world, or will I serve Jesus, who died to give me life? Here’s another passage on this topic:
I want to encourage you as you read this post, that your life has so much more purpose than to live to please men. Living this life the Lord has so graciously given you, constantly trying to win man’s approval will exhaust you. Don’t chase after worldly love, but chase after the One who IS Love.
1 John 4:5-11 (emphasis mine) // They are of the world. Therefore they speak of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God listens to us. He who is not of God doesn’t listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God. He who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, for God is love. By this God’s love was revealed in us, that God has sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another.
He IS Love – it’s who He is and that cannot change. When you chase after Him and strive to please Him, that is where you will find satisfaction. There’s no perfect pattern to follow Jesus and live for His glory, because then we would be robots! However, I want to encourage you to seek Him daily by reading His Word and praying. Then, don’t stop there – go, and take the love He has given you, and SHARE IT. By His help, redirect your focus to pleasing Him. Instead of trying to please the world around you, remember that true satisfaction and fulfillment comes when you honor the Lord. I love how the last verse of the above passage says that if God has loved us by sending His One Son to die, we ought to love one another. May our focus as we wake up each day be to bring glory to the Lord alone and to love those whom He puts into our path. Ask the Lord to help you keep your focus on Him alone, seek Him first and spend time in His presence, and then go and serve others. I promise that you will find joy and fulfillment like none other.
How do you strive to serve the Lord and please Him with your life? What’s something you need to work on concerning serving God? Do you struggle with peer pressure and comparison, and are there any verses that encourage you in that?