Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Being a God-Pleaser
UV 2738/10000 Being a God-Pleaser
Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
I Thessalonians 4 v 1
We are called to be God-pleasers not man-pleasers. We please God when we think His thoughts or in other words, seek diligently God in and through the study of His word. We please God when we do His perfect will, when we yield ourselves to Him for correction. We please God when we increase in our knowledge of Him and do not allow that knowledge to be barren or fruitless. The fact that we know Him should be practically manifested in our life’s choices, our relationships, our work life, our thought life, our character, our conversation or communication. We please God when we communicate or share His love with others around us. We please God with the expansion and expression of our faith even as our knowledge of Him increases.
We please God when we prefer wisdom to wealth and fame. We please God when we obey Him and remain faithful even in the details of our lives. We please God with our attitudes of humility, thankfulness and reverence. We please God when we consciously attempt to imitate His Son and our Saviour Jesus. We please God when we do not judge others and extend grace and mercy on our part to others. We please God when we strive for excellence in all things we do. We please God by ingraining discipline, determination and dedication into all of our efforts. We please the Lord by purifying our thoughts, words, the motives for our actions and our reactions.
The uni-verse exhorts us not to stop with just what we have been this far or have been doing this far but to “abound” even more than before in our love for God, in our desire or zeal to please Him. The amazing thing is that God is not fastidious or difficult to please. He rejoices in the little aspects of the expression of our faith and our intimacy with Him. It is not all the activities or things that we have done in His name but it is the state of our hearts that pleases Him. He does not recall all the things we have done in the past that displeases Him. It is not what is done or not done that pleases Him but the spirit or attitude with which we dedicate ourselves to Him. It pleases Him when we always return to our first love for Him. He understands our excitement and passion and is excited along with us.
Prateep V Philip