And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
Most of us would say that we desire to please God, but the questions to ask ourselves are: How much do we desire to please God, and how do we go about doing this?
The apostle Paul said that it was his life ambition to please God. His passion was to bring delight to the Lord. He felt there was no sacrifice too great to make for the Savior. He considered all his worldly accomplishments rubbish so that He could “gain Christ” (see Philippians 3:7-9). Paul is not to be the exception. We are exhorted to be imitators of Paul because he was living his life in a Christ-like manner for the glory of God. Is our desire to please God above all else? This is what the Lord asks of us. Living this kind of life requires surrender and sacrifice, but it also brings great reward. Only when we die to ourselves, to bring glory to God, can we fully experience the abundant life that Christ promised.
So, how do we go about pleasing God...?
A moment to reflect:
1. How much do you desire to please God?
2. How do you go about doing this, how are you going about doing this?
3. Is there an area of "self" that you know the Lord is waiting on you to surrender?
By Sue Corl and Nancy Martin ; an excerpt from For Such A Time As This: Walking Through Crisis *A moment to reflect is added for this post.