Wednesday, 10 September 2014

YOU CANNOT PLEASE THE WORLD

TEXT: MATTHEW 11:18-19
“For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say he has a demon. The son of man came eating and drinking, and they say “here is a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and sinners...”
Human beings are the most difficult species of God’s creation. We have different ideologies, perspectives and views towards life. We have our different ways in which we believe things should be done, our views about life situations or issues differ from one individual to another. What is acceptable by A may be a “NO, NO” to B. what one person or a group of people think is right may be offensive to another set of people.
From our text we can see how difficult human beings are to please. John the Baptist did not eat or drink, he was hated because of that, Jesus Christ came he ate and dined with people they complained about him too. This shows that no matter what you do, people will complain, they can NEVER be satisfied with whatever you do.

Consequently, trying to please people may make you end up displeasing yourself and your God. The Lord encouraged us to live in peace with all men (Hebrew 12:14). As much as you would want to fulfil this scripture, you have to be sensitive to know that as you would want to live in peace with all men; yet you cannot please all men. This is so because by the time you want to do what will please A, you may be displeasing B by that same action, and vice versa. (Don’t forget we look at the world from different directions and from different windows). What you did that made people happy yesterday; if you do it today they may react in a negative way, human beings are subject to change, the only one that is ever constant and remain unchanged is the Lord Almighty. He is the only one we should try to please, when you are in the right standing with God, whatever people say or think about you does not matter. Let your attention and focus be on how to please God and not how to please human beings that are difficult to please. In most cases what you will do that will please the world will definitely displease God. The scripture says in James 4:4 that friendship with the world is enmity against God, all that are acceptable by the world are forbidden by God. As a child of God do not try to please or impress the world, rather strive to please and impress the Almighty God. Let me leave you with this verse of the scripture to dwell on.

 “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10). 

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