Ephesians 6:6 “Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;”

Have you ever wondered why you do what you do? Think about this with me for a second. If your parents didn’t make you go to church, would you go? If they didn’t make you work on a bus or go soulwinning, would you still go? If you, girls, were never forced to work another day in the nursery, would you gladly give your resignation? If you got to pick the music in the car or on your phone without consequences, what kind of music would you be playing? Ask yourself, “Why do I do the things I do?” If you do these things exclusively because you are forced then you are first off a “man-pleaser”, as Ephesians calls it, and you are also not alone. Our churches are full to the brim with people who are living like Christians because they are forced to do so by authorities, because they don’t want to look like they are unspiritual to others. The reason we have multitudes leaving the church is that eventually they become sick of pleasing the crowd, the crowd will leave, or they grow up all the way through church and never go from “have to” to “want to.”

Let’s say that your dad’s birthday is coming up, and you are forced by your mom to buy him a gift, or you buy him one because you don’t want your friends to think you don’t love your dad. If your dad knew your intentions were just to avoid consequences with his gift and that you didn’t do it out of a love for him, I’d venture to say that he would be hurt. That is completely understandable to us. How do you think GOD feels when He sent His only Son to bleed and die on a cross for our sins, gave us every good thing that we have (Ja. 1:17), was the one to reach out to us (I John 4:19), and we only do what we do to “please the crowd?” If you love your dad, you buy a gift for him because you love him. If you love JESUS CHRIST sincerely, you will serve him because you love HIM.

Alex White