The phrase “people pleasers” normally has a negative connotation. It implies a wrong motive but it is a biblical command. We are supposed to please people. Paul put it this way: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do,“ (1 Corinthians 10:31-32). It is a Christian virtue to be likable… to be pleasant.
Here is the kicker… the reason to to be a people pleaser is evangelism. This same verse continues by saying: “I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved (I Corinthians 10:32). Obnoxious Christians do not normally get a hearing. We have the best news in the world, but if we are offensive, people will walk the other way before we can deliver the message.
I’ve heard of vendors that refuse to serve churches because they are so difficult to work with. I’ve seen Christians so obnoxious that they have undermined their credibility. The messenger can get in the way of the message. As believers we live to glorify God and the practical outworking of that is increased capacity for evangelism.