Pleasing God

Jesus said in John 20:31 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” If we want to find our purpose in life, we must look at the life of Jesus. He did not only come to redeem us, but He became our example for the way we should live. The Bible says that we have been called to be conformed to the image of His Son. In 1 Peter 2:21 it says that Jesus is our example.

If we look at the reasons why Jesus came to this earth, we can discover some of the priorities that we should have. For example, in Luke 19:10 it says that the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost. In 1 Timothy 1:15 it says that Jesus came to save sinners. Therefore one of the reasons why God put us on the earth is to bring sinners to Christ. This should be one of the highest priorities in our life.

In 1 John 3:8 it says that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. That is also our calling. We are to be involved in extending the Kingdom of God and to destroy the powers of darkness. Every time we lead sinners to Christ, every time we heal the sick or cast out demons, the kingdom of satan is weakened around us. We are not called to defend ourselves from the powers of darkness, but to plunder the kingdom of darkness and bring in the Kingdom of God. Jesus said, “All authority has been given unto Me, Go therefore…” That is our calling.

There are many other reasons why Jesus came to this earth. They can all be summarized in John 4:34: where Jesus said, “I have come to do the will of My Father and complete the work that He gave Me.” Just as Jesus had a destiny and calling, we to have a calling and destiny. We are called to do the will of the Father and complete the work that He has called us to do.

However, I want to share with you, one of the most important priorities that Jesus had. And if we make this our highest priority, we will unlock the most important door to our destiny and to God’s blessing in our lives. This is found in John 8:29, Jesus said, “I always do that which pleases My Father.” We read in Matthew 3:17 “The heavens opened and a voice from heaven declared, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” His goal was to please His Father and His Father was well pleased with Him. Therefore, today, we make it our goal to please the Father, just as Jesus pleased His Father. This is our highest calling!

There are a number of ways that we can please God:

When we love Him and want to spend time with Him:

The Bible says that “God is love.” In Revelations 4:11 we read that God created “all things for His good pleasure.” (KJV)  He created us so that He could love us and that He could love Him. When we spend time with Him and love Him, we give Him great pleasure. In John 4:23 we read the God is seeking true worshippers. He is not seeking worship, but worshippers. Therefore it is not the quality of our worship that is important to Him, but the quality of our love for Him.

When we believe that He is good and that He will keep His word: 

Hebrews 11:6But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  In Psalms 78:19 we read, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?” The Children of Israel did not believe this and they grieved Him. When we believe that God has something good for us even when our circumstances are negative, we please Him. Faith pleases God, because when we believe, we are declaring that He is faithful and good. Romans 8:31-32What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”

Gratitude and thanksgiving pleases God:

Psalm 103:2 “Bless the Lord O my soul and do not forget His benefits.” Psalm 92:1 “It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord and sing praises to the Lord most High.” In Luke 17 we have the story of the leper that Jesus healed. He returned to give thanks. In verse 17 Jesus said, “Were not ten healed, where are the other nine.” He was disappointed that only one came to give thanks. He said to the leper, “Go in peace, your faith has made you whole.” The others were healed, this man was made whole. Grateful people please God and usually receive more than others.

We can thank God for what He has done for us. He saved us, healed us, gave us the Holy Spirit, etc. We can thank Him for what he is doing for us right now. He gives us food, friends, a home, a family, a good church. We can also thank Him for His wonderful attributes. He is good, merciful, kind, caring, compassionate, faithful, etc.

When we forgive and love one another, we please God

Mercy is a high attribute of God. In Micah 7:18 we read that “God delight in mercy.” In Acts 13:22 we read that “David was a man after God’s own heart” because he was a merciful king. When we forgive, even when it is difficult, we touch the heart of God. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:32, “Forgive one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.”

We please God, when we are not ashamed to tell others about Him:

This is especially true when we have to pay a great price to do so. We are telling God, that He is more important to us that anyone or anything else in the world. Jesus said in Matthew 10:33. “If you confess Me before men, I will confess you before my Father who is in heaven.” We have the example of Stephen, the first martyr. He was prepared to die for his testimony of Jesus. As he was dying, he said in Acts 7:56 “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.” God the Father and the Son were so pleased that they stood up, from their thrones to honor Stephen as he was dying.

We please God when we are willing to do anything that He tells us to do:

We have the example of Abraham in Genesis 22:16-17, God said to him, “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son – blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants.” 

In John 14:23 we read, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” In Acts 13:22 God said about David, “I have found a man after My own heart who will fulfill all My will.” When we obey God, even when it seems so difficult, we please Him.

Results of Pleasing God:

When we please God, we open a heavenly treasure.

Wonderful things begin to happen to us. 1 Corinthians 2:9But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.

Pleasing God will affect our eternal destiny.

Our closeness to God in eternity will depend on our pleasing God on earth. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:9-10, “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ…” Pleasing God on earth will give us confidence one day to stand before the judgment seat of Christ. This will affect our eternal destiny and the rewards we will receive in heaven.

Secondly, it will affect our relationship with Him on earth.

It will affect our prayer life. In 1 John 3:21-22: “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” Although we can never earn the right for God to answer our prayers, there is a link between pleasing God and receiving answers to our prayers. In Matthew 6:10 Jesus spoke about the secret place and said, “The Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

Finally: We read in Colossians 1:9-10For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing...” Amen