Pleasing God or Pleasing Man?
November 25th-December 1st
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10 NIV)
Working out, especially in CrossFit, we often compare ourselves to others. We also compare our past times or lifts to what we can do now. This is usually how we gauge our progress.
The toughest thing to do is not worry about what other people think. As an athlete, I fall into this trap many times. Other people watch you work out and you feel you have to perform for them. People yell at you to get back on the pull-up bar or pick the weight back up and you do it.
I pick up the bar or get back on the pull-up station not because I want to but because others tell me to. If it were up to me, I would probably yell, “TIME!” and be on my merry way halfway through the WOD. I keep going because others are there pushing me.
This is accountability as it is supposed to be.
I wish all these people weren’t here so I could stop doing this…
But sometimes, we do things in life (or a workout) because we want to please others.
Maybe everyone is drinking and it would be weird to be the only one with a water in hand…
Maybe everyone from the gym is working out in Sunday but you planned on going to church…
Whatever the situation, Paul tells us in Galatians that it is revealed whom we are serving through our actions. He tells us that we cannot serve two different people wholeheartedly.
God wants ALL OF YOU, not just some of you. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t want you if you are going to go back and forth on him…
“So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16 NIV)
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24 NIV)
Whether it is money or people, God knows your heart. He desires to have a full and complete relationship with you. He doesn’t want a part time follower.
So when you pick up that kettlebell next time, are you doing it for others?
When you stare at the bar contemplating picking it up again, will you do it because the coach yells at you or because God is telling you to give it all you got?
Working out can be just like life. It gets tough, heavy, and you often find yourself out of breath and not wanting to continue.
When life gets tough, God wants you to desire him MORE. He wants you to surrender to his will and lean on him more than ever.
This is pleasing to God.
And when all you care about is pleasing to God, your life will reflect his grace, goodness, and blessings.
So this week, try pleasing God above all.
Stop worrying about others. Quit impressing man.
Be unashamed in the way you live your life for God.
Maybe along the way, you’ll set some “Life PR’s”!
Be blessed and keep your Temple full of Strength!