God was pleased to trust us with his message. We didn’t speak to please people, but to please God who knows our motives.
Paul relates how he had come to Thessalonica without hidden motives. He wasn’t trying to trick or fool anyone or to please people.
As an apostle, he could have demanded that they support him. Instead he chose to be like a mother nursing her baby, prepared to give his life for them as he gave them God’s message.
As social creatures we all have a need for the approval of other people. We want to be liked by other people and to fit in.
But for the child of God, this is not always an option. To be faithful to God means that we may need to suffer the enmity of people.
This is the way it was for Paul who was imprisoned, beaten, stoned and otherwise mistreated on many occasions. It is the way for millions of christians around the world today.
As western society runs at break-neck speed away from the christian values that have underpinned it for centuries, we have to expect opposition even from our friends and family members.
We must be God pleasers, not people pleasers. We must be determined to stand up for Jesus even at the risk of losing friends or being publicly mocked.
Paul responded to opposition by doubling down on love. He was like a mother to his new converts and was prepared to die for their sake.
In a society increasingly hostile to the gospel, let us respond with the love of God.
Help me Lord to please you in all my endeavours. May I always be a God pleaser not a people pleaser. Amen.