Recently, Leadership Journal ran an article warning against “being a people pleaser” at the same time I was reading Proverbs for my devotions, and ran across this one: “The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted” (Prov. 29:25). I assume the Lord was trying to tell me something; or maybe wanted me to tell YOU something?
We are in ministry; and at least part of the reason most of us “do ministry” (besides wanting to serve the Lord, of course) is that we also want to help people. Nothing wrong with that, right? And then, in addition to all that, some of us have a desire deep down to be liked; with our goal (somewhere deep down, at least) being to have the words once applied to Jesus applied to us: “And he [or she] grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”