Serving God or Men?
Bible Text: Galatians 1:10 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst
Galatians 1:10 – “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”
The Apostle Paul at one time had certainly been a servant of men. Paul was a young Pharisee (Acts 26:4-5 and Philippians 3:4-6). He had a promising career and was climbing to the top as a religious leader of men (Galatians 1:14). Paul had started out with a superb education (Acts 22:3) and was personally taught by the very best instructor in his day (Acts 5:34). Early in Paul’s career he had been entrusted with tremendous authority by the High Priests (Acts 9:1-2). He had used this authority from men to mercilessly persecute the early Messianic Church (Acts 22:4-5 and Acts 7:58-8:1). But as Paul persecuted the believing Jews he really was persecuting Israel’s Messiah Christ Jesus (Acts 9:4-5).
Paul realized the truth that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed Israel’s Messiah (Acts 13:26-32,39). Once Paul realized this he began to preach the very faith that he had once persecuted (Galatians 1:23-24). Once Paul had real faith in Christ he ceased to serve men any longer. From that point on he served Christ alone (Acts 20:24). Paul routinely referred to himself as a “Servant” (Lit. a Bondslave) of Christ Jesus (Romans 1:1) Paul knew that no one can serve two masters (Luke 16:13). If Paul was to serve Christ he had to cease to serve any man. Paul realized that obeying Christ necessitated that one give no thought to obeying men (Just like Peter in Acts 5:27-32).
We like Paul and Joshua must all make a choice whom we will serve (Joshua 24:15). Choose to serve Christ.