Summary: This sermon will help you pastors if you have been hearing criticism of your efforts.
You Can't Please Everyone
1 Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead),
2and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:
3Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
5to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
6I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,
7which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
8But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
9As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
10For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
After the church service a little boy told the pastor,
"When I grow up, I'm going to give you some money."
"Well, thank you," the pastor replied, "but why?"
The little boy replied,
"Because my daddy says
you're one of the poorest preachers we've ever had."
On October 15, 1971, a Rock 'n Roll Revival concert
was given at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The singers included many greats of the early rock N roll era.
Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, Bill Haley,
Bobby Rydell, and Rick Nelson were among the performers.
Rick Nelson came on stage dressed in the then-current fashion,
wearing bell-bottoms and a purple velvet shirt,
with his hair hanging down to his shoulders.
He started playing his older songs "Hello Mary Lou"
and "She Belongs to Me",
but then he began performing
his new material with his Stone Canyon Band.
The songs had a smooth country rock feel to them.
The crowd began to boo.
Nelson took it personally and left the stage.
He watched the rest of the concert backstage
and did not reappear on stage for the finale.
That inspired Nelson to write this song "Garden Party".
The words of the chorus go like this:
Well, it's alright now.
I've learned my lesson well.
You see, You can't please everyone,
so you've gotta please yourself.
"You can't please everyone, so you've gotta please yourself."
The first part is true, but the last part is not the answer.
For a Christian, the goal is not to please yourself,
but to please God.
The title of today's message is "You Can't Please Everyone".
Do you feel deeply upset if anyone has a bad impression of you?
Everyone wants to be liked and appreciated.
But that can easily turn into approval addiction.
That turns us into "people-pleasers."
I have learned in my 22 years of being a preacher
that everyone knows what the preacher should be doing
That's exactly what Paul was saying to the churches in Galatia.
Things haven't changed much after all of these years.
The Preacher might as well get used to criticism
because it is going to happen.
Many preachers leave the ministry
because it is hard to live in a "glass house"
where every word and action is judged.
But it happened back in Paul's day and it still happens today.
I hear things like, "Preacher you need to go see so and so."
Or, "So and so is unhappy
and you need to go find out what you did to them".
Many people think their preacher doesn't do anything
except preach on Sundays for an hour or so.
Did you know that the average life span of a preacher
is 10 years shorter than others who don't face the same stress?
According to the New York Times
from a study conducted in August of 2010:
"Members of the clergy now suffer from hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans. In the last decade, their use of antidepressants has risen, while their life expectancy has fallen. Many would change jobs if they could."
33% say that being in ministry is an outright hazard to their family.
40% of pastors and 47% of their wives are suffering from burnout, frantic schedules, and/or unrealistic expectations.
45% of pastors' wives say the greatest danger to them and their family is physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual burnout.
50% feel unable to meet the needs of the job.
52% of pastors say they and their spouses believe that being in pastoral ministry is hazardous to their family's well-being and health.