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 in multiple ways. It is a simple truth about the way that most of us are wired, but 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 in which we engage.   

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 direct 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 usually 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 an amazing thing happens, for in Christ we 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.