Proverbs 16:7 says, “When a man’s ways please the Lord,” and I want to zero in on those three words, “please the Lord.” You know, the Bible says that Jesus did “always those things that please the Father,” and it ought to be our desire that every day of our lives, we’re seeking to please the Lord.

So I’ve got good news and bad news for you today. The good news is you can live your life today and please the Master. The bad news is you cannot please everybody else around you. It’s a great thing to desire to please everyone around us. That should be something that we want to do. But we have to be reminded that you’re not going to please everybody in life. Paul told the churches of Galatia in Galatians chapter 1 and verse 10, “If I serve to please man, I shouldn’t be a servant of Christ.”

Some people, their life is like a bouncing ball. It’s up and down and up and down and up and down because they’re trying to please men. The reality is we have to “fear the Lord” and not fear man, and we have to strive to please the Lord and not strive to please men, because at the end of the day we’re to stand before the Lord and give an account for our lives.

May we serve the Lord every day with a heart and a passion to just simply say, “I please the Master.” Have a great day.

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John Evertson

John Evertson, GSBC Campus Pastor

In June 2000, after graduating from Golden State Baptist College, John Evertson answered the call to pastor West Valley Baptist Church in Woodland, California. After 19 years, God moved Pastor and Mrs. Evertson to Santa Clara. Pastor Evertson is instrumental in the church and serves as the Campus Pastor for Golden State Baptist College to help guide the future servants of God. Pastor & Mrs. Evertson have four children — Josiah, Jeremiah, Joy, and Joshua.