…just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.
To please everyone in everything I do is different from the normal perspective I have heard, and what I have used on many occasions in dealing with everyone, and that is: “you can’t please everyone.” It’s is my go-to phrase when I want the easy way out.
But I am challenged by Paul here who says that he tries to please everyone in everything he “DOES”. There is an action that comes when trying to please everyone in everything.
I am a harmonious person, and the Right Path Test affirms it, so it is easy for me to please everyone. But as I search my heart I am convinced that on many many occasions, I please everyone in everything I “DON’T” do instead of everything I “DO” do. It is easier for me to just be passive in pleasing others. This is easy harmony for me. In the end, it benefits and is advantageous for my own peace. This is not the peace that I want. The peace that I want, I already have in Jesus.
So I am motivated to be more mindful about trying to please everyone in everything I “DO”. The goal is not my personal harmony, but that many may be saved for the glory of God. So, there is action that needs to take place in pleasing everyone. It could be actively giving up a personal desire or a personal comfort that someone may be pleased and may lead to their salvation. It could be actively taking the time to engage someone in a conversation or serving a person in need that someone may be please and may lead to their salvation for the glory of God.
And Paul says he TRIES to please everyone. Although I may not be able to please everyone, the question is, am I TRYING to please everyone that many may be saved for the glory of God. And lastly it is not just some but everyone. No favoritism.
Jesus has come and not only is he our example but he meets our needs so that we can be pleasing to others.
– Moe Montenegro (Resource Director, CO Khon Kaen
Pray for CO Khon Kaen:
“Re-Launch of CO KK” with indigenous staff and more student-led on campus
Trusting God for His Spirit to move significantly over this period and for us to double or triple in number of conversions annually
- Financial support for our movement on all levels