Pleasing Others

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Personal interaction became a key focus for Paul as he concluded his letter to the Romans. He reminded his readers that individual differences were inevitable. There would be differences between Believers. There would be different preferences and interests, different attitudes and perspectives. There would be differences within marriages and families.

Knowing how easy it can be to fault-find, Paul stressed that we should focus not on judging each other, but on preventing the development of obstacles and stumbling blocks. We are to focus on the Lordship of Jesus and build up His Body. Remember that “the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).

Paul emphasized that Believers should not be concerned about just pleasing themselves, but rather should focus on pleasing others. He also described how we benefit when we please others. This mindset leads to edification, which means that it builds up others in the faith and draws them to Christ.

Our actions can be compared to the process of constructing a building. Just like those who are involved in construction, we should make our “building” as strong as possible. A building with a solid foundation will last.

Today, remember that you are special in the sight of God. He has given you specific talents and abilities, interests and skills. Seek to be faithful to use those gifts to accomplish His purposes and build up His Kingdom. Seek to fulfill your place in the Body of Christ. Remember to honor those within the Body who fulfill different roles and have different interests and perspectives.

In all things, seek to be a servant. Motivated by the love of Christ, seek to bless others and build up His Body.