“Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are subject to no one else’s scrutiny. For we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:15-16)
Those who serve God have no need to please others.
If you have pleased God, nothing else matters. If you have displeased God, nothing else matters.
According to Proverbs 29:25, “The fear of others lays a snare, but the one who trusts the Lord is secure.”
Many mistakes have been made by attempting to please others.
While doing things that happen to make others happy is all well-and-good, it becomes problematic when begin doing those things in order to make others happy.
Not only is your focus no longer on God; but there is no guarantee that your actions will have the desired effect.
People are fickle, with whimsical wants and moods. Most people don’t even don’t know what makes them happy!
As well, doing good things for the praise of others is ill-advised. Now you have shifted from trying to please God, to pleasing others, to pleasing yourself.
False humility craves a crowd and yearns for praise. True humility gives glory to God, with genuine disinterest toward getting any credit.
If the motive behind a good deed is appreciation or recognition, then it is ulterior, not altruistic.
But the mind of Christ is quite selfless indeed! The mind of Christ puts others ahead of self, choosing kindness over rudeness or indifference.
The mind of Christ is concerned with the will of God, seeking to hear His voice, and finding a way to give glory to God in every chance encounter.
And we now have the mind of Christ!
The mind of Christ is not vulgar, whimsical, or selfish. And it does not need validation from the praise of others.
God’s acceptance is more than enough.
Those who have the mind of Christ are able to discern all things through God’s wisdom, and are likewise not subject to the scrutiny of others, their ideologies, or their opinions.
Achieving God’s will – no matter what He calls you to do – is far more important than what others think of you.
Whether someone’s opinion of you is good or bad is irrelevant.
So give no thought to being embarrassed, awkward, or ill-received.
God’s got your back.
His opinion is the only one that really matters. And He thinks you’re great!