Today’s entry in Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young, speaks directly to the tendency for us to seek to please people over our desire to live in a way that pleases God. It hearkens to the idols in our heart that value human praise and acceptance and approval and love more than those elements that we already have from God in Jesus Christ.
Young strikes deeper when she points out that the deeper we seek to live for God, the more freedom we actually have and the more inner joy we actually find; even if that life is contrary to popular human opinion.
You cannot serve two masters. If I am truly your Master, you will desire to please Me above all others. If pleasing people is your goal, you will be enslaved to them. People can be harsh taskmasters when you give them this power over you.
If I am the Master of your life, I will also be your First Love. Your serving Me is rooted and grounded in My vast, unconditional Love for you. The lower you bow down before Me, the higher I lift you up into intimate relationship with Me. The Joy of living in My Presence outshines all other pleasures. I want you to reflect My joyous Light by living in increasing intimacy with Me.
(Matthew 6:24; Revelation 2:4; Ephesians 3:16-17; Psalm 16:11