It’s not spiritually beneficial to place your focus on pleasing people. I’ve learned that ‘people-pleasing’ wears you out and stifles your ability to bring glory to God! In fact, many people-pleasers believe this kind of behavior is commendable because it involves ‘serving others’, but it isn’t—it’s motivated by approval. Now then, pleasing those we love can be rewarding, and this may not be wrong in and of itself. But pleasing God is a higher calling and much more fulfilling. Disappointment looms in the shadows when our desire to please people and gain their approval becomes as important as pleasing God and sensing his approval. Paul said in Galatians 1:10, “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” Beloved of God, our primary focus should be on pleasing God not people!! Paul reminds us in Romans 12:1 that we are to “present [our] bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God.” But if we are going to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice (and people-pleasers do this), then it must be to God alone. We are to please him first, and he is the only one we are to worship!