Applause: Crowd Noise

Applause: Crowd Noise

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:10 (NASB)

Recommended Reading – 1 Thessalonians 2:1-6

In the Old Testament, an Israelite who owned a Hebrew slave was required to set that slave free after six years of service. But the slave could choose to remain in service to his master on the basis of devotion. In such a case, that servant’s ear was pierced with an awl as a sign of his voluntary choice to remain a slave—or a “bond-servant” (Exodus 21:2-6).

Involuntary servitude was different from voluntary servitude. In the latter, the bond-servant says, “I choose to serve you above all others; that is my free choice.” Having chosen, a bond-servant would seek only to please his master out of love and devotion. The thought of seeking to please anyone else wouldn’t make sense to a true bond-servant. That is Paul’s argument in Galatians 1:10: As a bond-servant of Christ, the thought of trying to please men instead of God was illogical for him.

The noise of the crowd can be a siren’s song for all except those who have voluntarily turned from the crowd to their Master out of love and devotion.

The child of God has only one dread—to offend his Father; only one desire—to please and delight in him.
Charles Bridges


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