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.

Galatians 1: 10

Who you seek to please sets a tone and a course for what you do and for where you go. As
life plays out we all will serve many masters and in multiple ways. We are
people who are motivated, in part, by the feedback that we get from others in
our lives, and we will modify the way that we decide to act based upon the
audience for those acts. We also bring our own pre set values and anticipation
of outcome into the relationships that we engage in.

If the people that we look to for our primary sense of understanding, acceptance, and
confirmation are basing their concepts of what is good, proper, and loving upon
purely human values and understanding, then the directive feedback that we
receive will be oriented toward the self-centered and self-pleasing perspective
of the earth bound mind. This is a perspective that tends to operate from a
position of power and of strength. There is even an arrogance in this point of
view that doesn’t understand the essential value that God has crafted into
every person on earth.

However, when we look to God as the One who tells us about our value, worth, and
worthiness the essential orientation of our lives is changed. Christ focuses
His love on us in a manner that serves our needs and that directs us toward
serving others, and He guides us toward elevating our thinking from that earthy
perspective to one that sees the heavenly. By serving Christ, we seek to do as
He does; thus, we are directed to look outside of ourselves toward meeting the
needs of others; then, we should start to understand more fully the true
value that God sees in us. In seeking to please God, we serve people. In
serving people, we, in turn, are also greatly blessed by those same people.