An old fable that has been told for generations tells about an old man who was traveling with a boy and a donkey. As they came to the first village, the man led the donkey as the boy walked behind. The locals mocked the man for not riding, and so he began to ride. When they came to the next town, the people chided him for riding while the little boy walked. So to please them, he got off the donkey and put the boy on the animal’s back. When he came to the third town, the people accused the child of being lazy for making the old man walk. So this time they both got on the donkey and rode to the next town. In that town, the people were furious that the donkey had been made to carry such a heavy burden. The fable ends with the old man carrying the donkey down the road. This little fable illustrates the
futility of trying to be a man-pleaser. No matter what you do, you cannot please
We will learn from Paul’s words and example today that our service to Christ is not to be done with eye service as men-pleasers, but as God-pleasers who live to serve Christ. If we will make our main desire to please the Lord by doing His will from our heart, we will be set free from the burden of caring about what others think of us.