by: Carole L. Haines
17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brothers so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.” (Hebrews 2:17-18)
As I grow and mature in Christ, one of the most difficult strongholds to overcome has been “people-pleasing.” The Bible would call this Fear of Man.
“The fear of man brings a snare,
But one who trusts in the Lord will be protected. (Proverbs 29:25)
This particular stronghold can be so imbedded in our lives because it permeates almost every area of existence. We try to please our parents in our younger years, then we start school and we start trying to please our friends and peers. We move on to job and career matters, pleasing our bosses, our co-workers, our clients. Then, as Believer, we carry this into the local Church, wanting to loved and accepted there is just as hard sometimes as in the world. Most people want to be liked, accepted and befriended, I mean we were all created for relationship. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are in perfect relationship and we are created in their image (Genesis 1-3).
But as mankind fell in the Garden, so did human relationships and what drives us to want fellowship. Even that must be redeemed from the fall. As I was pondering all this, Jesus broke into my thoughts and prayers with a picture of a heart drawn in the sand on the Seashore. In it were written the words, BE MINE. I sensed Him speaking to my heart that freedom from Fear of Man is only attainable by desiring to be His more than anyone else. Only Jesus can give me a true sense of belonging, only He loves me as I am. I am already accepted fully in Christ.
Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us, for the glory of God. (Romans 15:7)
If my acceptance in Jesus is perfect, Why do I still seek it elsewhere? This is a question I am sitting with for now and seeking The Lord for answers. If you struggle with Fear of Man, as I do; sit with me awhile as we explore this question and listen for His steps out of people pleasing and into God’s full acceptance.
Have a Blessed Day