Illus. – Boy playing catch with God A little boy was out in his front yard, throwing a ball up in the air. An elderly passerby asked the boy what he was doing. He replied, “I am playing a game of catch with God. I throw the ball up in the air and he throws it back.”
– Chris and Ashton Play catch in church
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11
THE FATHER FACTOR
1. I CONTRIBUTED. – “Bio Dad” vs real dad =“This is my son.”
2. I LOVED. “whom I love”
3. I APPROVE. “With you I am well pleased.”
But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.” – John 6:27
“It is a dangerous trap to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord, you are safe.” Pr. 29:25 (TEV)
WHY TRYING TO PLEASE EVERYONE IS A TRAP
1. IT CAUSES ME TO MISS GOD’S PURPOSE FOR MY LIFE.
“Our purpose is to please God, not people. He is the one who examines the motives of our hearts.” 1 Thes. 2:4 (NLT)
2. IT KEEPS ME FROM GROWING IN MY FAITH.
“You try to get praise from each other, but you do not try to get the praise that comes from the only God. So how can you believe?” John 5:44 (NCV)
3. IT CAUSES HYPOCRISY IN OUR LIVES.
Jesus: “You make yourselves look good in other people’s eyes but God
knows your hearts.” Luke 16:15a (TEV)
“You may brag about yourself, but the only approval that counts is the
Lord’s approval.” 2 Cor. 10:18 (CEV)
HOW TO BREAK OUT OF THE PEOPLE PLEASING PRISON
1. EVEN GOD CAN’T PLEASE EVERYBODY.
2. I DON’T NEED ANYONE’S APPROVAL TO BE HAPPY.
Jesus: “Your approval or disapproval means nothing to me.” John 5:41 (NLT)
“I am the One who comforts you! So why are you afraid of mere humans,
who wither like the grass and disappear?” Isaiah 51:12 (NLT)
“Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.” Ps. 27:10
3. WHAT SEEMS SO IMPORTANT NOW IS ONLY TEMPORARY.
“The world and everything in it that people desire is passing away; but
those who do the will of God will live forever.” 1 John 2:17 (TEV)
Jesus: “The things that are highly valued by people are worth nothing in
God’s sight.” Luke 16:15b (TEV)
“The best of your life is the rest of your life”
4. I ONLY NEED TO LIVE FOR AN AUDIENCE OF ONE.
Jesus: “I don’t try to please myself, but I only please the One who sent me.” John 5:30
Paul: “I’m not trying to be a people pleaser! No, I am trying to please God.
If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.”
Galatians 1:10 (NLT)
5. GOD SHAPED ME TO BE ME.
“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God remold your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.” Romans 12:2 (Ph)
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