There is the story of two tween brothers, Esau and Jacob. Jacob, the younger brother probably by minutes because he came out after his brother, wanted to be the first. Esau did not care much about it.
|“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
1 Corinthians 2:14
Jacob knew about the promises of God and wanted to have them. But there was no way he could inherited the bless and the promise because he couldn’t change the fact that he was the minor brother.
But one day, his brother came hungry from hunting. He was cooking and his brother wanted some. Jacob took advantage and offered his brother some of the stew in exchange for his right to the blessing. His brother didn’t pay much attention of what was going on. He said, give me the stew, who cares about the right of being the first. He thought that, he was the first anyway. But it seems that God did not think that way.
Finally, Jacob didn’t get the inheritance, but he got the blessing and the promise of God.
Jacob’s ambition was for the things of above. The things that Esau could not see.
Another story is the one of David and Saul. King Saul was a humble man who liked the people, but who estimated people’s opinions over God’s. David on the other hand, was a charismatic boy who liked God and so, God’s people. He was willing to put his life for the people of Israel. Saul disobeyed God to please the people. And after being rejected by the Lord, and hear that his kingdom would be given to someone else, his only concern is to look good before the people and the elders.
1 Samuel 15: 30
“Saul replied, “I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD your God.” 31 So Samuel went back with Saul, and Saul worshiped the LORD. ”
We can clearly see that the fleshy man cares more of people’s opinion. What people would say is more important than what God may think.
Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.