Pastor Dave Sarsons
May 2, 2016
SERMON: May 1st, 2016 “Pleasing Man or Pleasing God?” Part 1
Today Pastor Dave challenged us with the question – are we pleasing man or pleasing God? He alluded to Oswald Chambers’ Aprill 24, 2016 devotional from his book My Utmost for His Highest. The following is an exert from that devotional:
“Worldliness is not the trap that most endangers us as Christian workers; nor is it sin. The trap we fall into is extravagantly desiring spiritual success; that is, success measured by, and patterned after, the form set by this religious age in which we now live. Never seek after anything other than the approval of God, and always be willing to go “outside the camp, bearing His reproach” (Hebrews 13:13). In Luke 10:20, Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing in which most of us do rejoice. We have a commercialized view— we count how many souls have been saved and sanctified, we thank God, and then we think everything is all right. Yet our work only begins where God’s grace has laid the foundation. Our work is not to save souls, but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of God’s sovereign grace, and our work as His disciples is to disciple others’ lives until they are totally yielded to God. One life totally devoted to God is of more value to Him than one hundred lives which have been simply awakened by His Spirit. As workers for God, we must reproduce our own kind spiritually, and those lives will be God’s testimony to us as His workers. God brings us up to a standard of life through His grace, and we are responsible for reproducing that same standard in others.”
We are reminded that God doesn’t look at statistics of what we have done; He looks at our heart. He used Scripture from Galatians 1:10, John 12:42-43, Luke 16:15 and Ephesians 6:5-8.