Yesterday, as I finished reading through the book of Mark, the Holy Spirit showed me another area of fallow ground–man-pleaser!
I was a man pleaser. I understand this one very well. I was a preacher’s kid and felt the expectations of others. I tried to please them.
You know what happened? I lost my identity in trying to be someone that I wasn’t. I stood in my front room in 1967 and said, ‘Lord, who am I? I have to be this for this person, and that for that person, but who am I?’
Paul had the right understanding. Ephesians 6:6 says, “Not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.” Colossians 3:23 says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”
Galatians 1:10 says, “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.”
Whatever we do to please men, rather than the Lord, will be as a weed seed dropped upon fallow ground. Pilate was a prime example.
Jesus stood silent before Pilate as the chief priests falsely accused Him. Speaking of Pilate, Mark 15:10 says, “For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.”
The clincher profile of a man pleaser is stated in verse 15. “So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.”
We have to turn from Jesus in order to please man. It is a fleshly action that denies the Lord instead of our flesh. May the Lord open our eyes to discern this evil vice so that we don’t sow anymore weed seeds of self!