A few years ago there was popular book about being a God Chaser by Tommy Tenney. I chased Him alright but He already had me from the start. I did enjoy the teaching. But a lot of people don’t realize that many people are called, to salvation, ministry, to God and just don’t accept, misunderstand and have the Word taken away, or are just waiting on His timing or His best But there are some who are just chosen. I think I fell into that category and didn’t realize it.
I recently heard someone’s statement about church and shame, and that some were predestined and why bother if you won’t make it anyway. Well, Jesus came to seek and save the lost, anyone who will believe on His name, that He died and rose again, Romans 10:9, 10. Should you be one of those people who believe you can’t be saved, I’m telling you the truth, you can.
But God knew many would not accept the call to salvation and still others would be predestined for certain things in life, and they may not even realize that. We spend too much time and even waste it, though God wastes nothing but is the redeemer instead. Too much time on chasing God, while He is right there.
We spend way too much time as people pleasers afraid to say no, or not fit in. Afraid of being ridiculed or humiliated, that’s not Jesus anyway, and yes, you can get it from believers, who don’t know better, are spiritually immature or even jealous, who have been taught wrong or who are not listening to the Holy Spirit as the teacher, and speaking from the flesh.
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Ephesians 1:10
Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, do God’s will from your heart. Ephesians 6:6
While Paul is talking to people who are slaves or bondservants, it is applicable to us. Lots of people work while they are watched and slack off later, we are probably all guilty of that at one time or another but some people are like that all the time. But God wants us to be diligent as if our work is for Him because it is. You are a more effective witness as a full time Christian, and the devil even defeats the part timers with his lies.
Paul also calls himself the slave of Christ even going so far as to say that he bears the marks, slaves were branded in many places, or tattooed, something to identify them as a slave. In Romans 1:1, he mentions it, and it is a big turnaround from a man who used to hunt down and kill Christians. Jesus literally knocked him off his high horse.
And He will judge and take down everyone eventually, whether a little or a lot, a notch or several, the unbelievers will be turned into hell but He gives them every chance. I learned early as a child how to be good, I was people pleasing, the same went for church and adults whom I thought knew more than me but didn’t.
Sure, I could put together a yard sale for the church, do a lot of the work. Or watch a class or children, not that I minded but I realized later I was given in as a people pleaser, when I was a God pleaser. I was right to volunteer, be respectful obedient, go the extra mile and even more so, but I missed some things myself as a people pleaser.
Falling into the ” Why me or what about me? attitude, I wondered if my turn would ever come? I knew there was more and better, and while I couldn’t walk over people to get it, I felt very much like a doormat. When I stood up for myself, well, that didn’t work either, perhaps I grew up but wound up still swatting the demons coming against my soul, the could haves and should have, would have and what ifs,
If someone says to me that God is proud of me, or even if I was asked I would have to say yes, not because of me but Jesus, I was a people pleaser in the past, I chased God who already had me and though I sought approval from others or by the world’s standards, I had His already and still do. He’s a good God and He knows what He is doing even if I don’t.
I went to extremes to try and have great faith, that was stupid. He knew I loved Him and believed, that is enough. I prayed and spoke His word, I hid a little, I wasn’t ashamed of Him but me, back to the old people pleaser. But I measured up by His standards. God pleaser. And you know what maybe you do too.
Stop striving and be still Psalm 46:10, if you seek God He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6, I told you He is a good God, so sure, I want to be a God pleaser, not for rewards, just for Him.
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