In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul addresses several ‘life rules’ about how to behave, how we are to treat and respect each other.  He speaks of the relationships between husband and wives, children and their parents, and employee to employer (bondservant and master in those days).

Right in the middle of that, he uses a phrase that encompasses the heart behind the actions.  Paul knew that some might obey his instructions purely to ‘look good’ to others, but he addresses that heart issue.  He says that when we heed these instructions of behavior, our heart needs to be right for WHY we do this, “not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.” (Eph 6:6)

You can’t always tell right away but eventually those who do this strictly as “eye-service” so that others will see them doing good… are spotted for what they are… impostors.  Since God see’s the heart, He knows even before their actions that it is not out of love for Him.

There is only one we are to please, and that is God… and pleasing Him is impossible without Christ.  Alone in our sin, “We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)  There is absolutely no about of good that could ever amount to pleasing God.  The greatest of great acts, the cleanest of clean living, the deepest of sacrifice… we are still unholy without Christ.

So yes, we are to please God but not by doing some sort of good works, but by confessing with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believing in our heart that God raised Him from the dead (Rom 10:9), this and ONLY this will please God.  We still do the good acts but now to please Him, but out of our love for Him.

Stop being a people pleaser and don’t even attempt to be a God pleaser.  Accept His Son, Christ as your Lord and Savior and that will please God completely.

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