Yes, Paul sought to be a people pleaser. Why? Well, Paul let’s us know that he engages in people pleasing so that he can create a platform on which to share Christ with others. Paul puts others before himself, serves them, tries to please them, and even lays down his owns rights so that they might be willing to hear and receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Notice that Paul is not gaining favor with man in order to promote himself or to obtain personal gain. Rather, it is all for the kingdom of God and for the reward of Jesus’ suffering.
Likewise, we are called to be people pleasers for the Lord that the Gospel might be received and that many would be saved.
31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. – 1 Corinthians 10:31-33, ESV
Eric Jones is the Lead Pastor of Evident Life Church: a Spirit filled, Bible based, family integrated church in Gilbert, Arizona. Pastor Eric Jones is also the Director of the East Valley House of Prayer.