Here’s an article that I wrote some time back relating to people doing works as unto men instead of as to the Lord. This is a very important subject as we see so many people these days in many different groups who are working to follow men’s rules to please men rather than living by faith and working in faith to please the Lord.
Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
1Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
These two verses stood out to me recently. A friend and I had been discussing the trouble some people have with doing works (namely dressing a certain way) in order to please men and measure up to men's standards.
Hearty service should be unto the Lord, not unto men. If we dress a certain way, if we abstain from certain activities or customs, if we forego certain pleasures, whatever we do, it should be heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. If we do it as to men it is wasted - even if it is a good and right thing to do. The Thessalonians had a good testimony. They had works of faith and labors of love. But, these things were in the sight of God, not "in the sight of men". They were doing what the previous verse said. They were doing their works and labors unto the Lord and not unto men.