November 4, 2018

How To Please The Lord – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

Therefore also we have as our ambition,

whether at home or absent,

to be pleasing to Him.”

(II Corinthians 5:9)

This is one of many verses where the apostle Paul expresses the strong desire to be pleasing the Lord Jesus Christ (“well-pleasing, acceptable,” Thayer). This should likewise be our own ambition, whatever we do and wherever we are, to please Him. This, of course, will make a difference in what we do and where we go!

God revealed through His word, a number of specific ways that we can confidently know that we are pleasing Him. For example:

Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves.” (Romans 15:1).

Paul says that the criterion of strong Christians, for determining what to do and where to go, should be what is pleasing Him, not ourselves.

Notice that Paul warned the Christians at Rome that…“…those who are in the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:8).

That is, God will not be pleased if our thoughts and actions are governed by worldly considerations.

Some believe Christians deserve the best and therefore their life should be a “rose garden.” Peter disagrees. He says that by suffering, willingly, for His sake, we can please Him.

“For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor [well pleasing] with God.” (1 Peter 2:20)

Consider this expression from different translations.

…God is pleased with you.” NLT

“… this is pleasing to God.” BBE

“…you have God’s approval.” RSV

The author of the book of Hebrews says…

“Without faith it is impossible to please him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Throughout the Old Testament, this was the essential element that was responsible for monumental acts of service to God by great men of faith who…

who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.” (Hebrews 11:33-38)

You want to please God? Work on your faith.

God is pleased with generosity.

“And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:16)

Self-service is our natural tendency. We all know how to do that. If you want to please God you must learn self-sacrifice.

This certainly involves our material possessions as well as sharing the gospel.

but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men but God…” (1 Thessalonians 2:4).

When our ways please the Lord, we have this gracious promise:

“…whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.” (I John 3:22)

Therefore, we determine to make Paul’s ambition to please the Lord our ambition. The reasons overwhelm any alternative today and determines our eternal destiny.

Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (II Corinthians 5:9-10)

 

 

 

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