PLEASING

There are only two options in life-just two. We can either live to please ourselves or live to please God. That is our existence in one sentence. There’s no combination of the two, and there’s no ground inbetween. I know that everything I do either for myself or for Him. Every sin that I can possibly commit will always be traced back to self-service, self-pleaure, and self-glorification. Even pleasing other people, which I used to think was a third option, is not as it appears. If I think of every situation in which I strive to please another person, those actions ultimately are rooted in selfishness, whether they result from craving affection, fearing rejection, or wanting attention.

All this said another way in Galations 5:16-17, “I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other…”

The Lord placed in me the desire to start this blog after He turned the knowledge of Galations into a conviction. The wonderful thing about conviction is that, unlike guilt, it comes with a mission. He sat me down on my bed with the Bible and told me, “Addie, you’ve been living to please yourself. If you are My child, it is time to start figuring out what it means to please Me.” At that moment, I felt more alive than I have in a long time. I was so ready to serve God, so ready to get out and do things in the world. All I wanted to do was study His Word. Ideas poured into my head.

The culmination of God’s promptings was the idea for a blog which is completely devoted to discovering the many aspects of pleasing Christ. If we are truly to do this, we must let His will permeate every area of our lives, from the most mundane to the most spiritual. If the word “pleasing” is turned into an acronym, pleasing God can be summarized with every letter:

P- Pray without ceasing

L- Live selflessly for His glory

E- Encourage one another in godliness

A- Always give thanks

S- Submit to His authority

I- Internalize His Word

N- Nurture peace

G- Go into all the world and preach the Gospel

I believe every way in which we could strive to please our Father can fit under one of these realms. Thus, I have devoted one page to each letter in which I will try to post relevant topics-all of which I hope and pray will be glorifying to God, will help build Christians up in a closer walk with Him, and will help us lead lost people to Christ. For how else can living for God be more simplified than this? On this earth we are here to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ, grow into mature Christians, and lead others into relationship with Him.

One of the guiding verses of this blog is Ephesians 5:8-11: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light-for the fruit of the light [results] in all goodness, righteousness, and truth-discerning what is pleasing to the Lord. Don’t participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead, expose them (bold text added for emphasis).” Another is the words of Jesus in John 8:29: “The One who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alone, because I always do what pleases Him.” 

These verses convicted me tremendously. As Christians, we are the offspring, the fruit, of our Father-Light. As the Father’s One and Only Begotten Son, Christ is the Light of the World. If we are going to walk after our Father, if we are going to be called His children, if we are going to be light, we must look to our Lord Jesus Christ for the ultimate example of what it means to please God.

Published in: on September 5, 2010 at 8:46 pm  Leave a Comment