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Men - Pleasers VS God - Pleasers. Whom do we seek to please ?. Eph 6:6-7 Not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

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Men - Pleasers

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God - Pleasers


Whom do we seek to please ?

  • Eph 6:6-7 Not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

  • Col 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God


What is “Eye – Service”?

  • The outward show of service, in order to impress others-a form of deception condemned by the apostle Paul

  • Eph 6:5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ


What is “singleness of heart”?

  • All of mankind has a way of thinking that they follow, religion is not different in this regard. Man considers religion by a standard whether correct or incorrect.

  • That standard determines what we do, how we do it and when we do it.

  • It can be based on what people have told us, our own imaginations or the Bible.


What God Looks For ….

  • First time singleness is used in Bible

  • Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

  • Let’s notice some things the early church practiced …….


Early Christian’s Practices Acts 2:42-46

  • They were obviously devoted in service

  • They kept God’s commands carefully

  • They prayed fervently and regularly

  • They remembered the Lord’s death

  • There was no discord or strive

  • They considered others rather than self

  • They were thankful and happy serving God

  • There was no artificial service in them


Compared to religions of today

  • Great amounts of strife and divisions exist

  • No common grounds for belief (Bible is not their standard for their creeds)

  • Prayer is often for show

  • God’s commands are scoffed at by the majority of the religious world without hesitation

  • Greatest consideration is self gratification

  • Most service is self serving to please the masses

  • God is important to them only after pleasing self


Does it really matter ?

  • Acts 20:17-20 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.

  • 18 And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,

  • 19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

  • 20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house


Does it really matter ?

  • Acts 26:7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.

  • Rom 12:11-12 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;


Was it always this way?

  • Titus 3:3-5 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;


Let ours learn ……

  • Titus 3:14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful

  • 2 Peter 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • The early church had virtue, DO WE


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