Well now…does that sound as though I’m trying to make up to people—or to God? Or that I’m trying to curry favor with people? If I were still pleasing people, I wouldn’t be a slave to the Messiah.
Living to please people is an impossible and life-sucking task, not to mention one we’re not called to.
Living to please God is not only liberating and life-giving, but may even influence a few others along the way to live for God alone.
Our call concerning people is to serve, not please.
For [Paul], to accept the mantle of being a servant of Christ was to eliminate once-and-for-all the desire to please people. His authority was now different.