Saturday, July 12, 2008

Pleasing God

The follower of Jesus Christ should strive to honor and please God. That is how Jesus Himself lived. On two occasions, at His baptism and at the transfiguration, God declared that He was pleased with Jesus.

Here is a question I would like for you to consider. Do you seek to honor and please God? The answer for is a scary one. I realize what I seek most in this life is the life that I want to live. I plan and ask God to bless that plan, but I don’t take much time to consider what God wants from my life. I want to do what makes me happy, rather than what will make God happy.

This is part of human nature. It is hard to give up our agendas and pursue God’s will. So it really isn’t all that surprising that one of Paul’s prayers for the Colossians centered on them pleasing God.
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about this, we have not stopped praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the full knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you might live in a manner worthy of the Lord and be fully pleasing to him as you bear fruit in every good work and grow in the full knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9-10; ISV)

In order to honor God we must seek out His will. That means we have to be students of Scripture. From personal reading and study to sitting under the instruction of another person, God’s word must be part of our lives.

Not only do we have to be students of Scripture, but we also have to be people of prayer. We need to ask God to grant us spiritual wisdom so we are able to understand His will. You see we can’t understand God’s will based on human reason alone, we need the Holy Spirit’s help,

We also have to be committed to obey. All the understanding in the world does us no good if we aren’t going to adjust our lives to God’s will. Foolish people are people who hear and know God’s will but don’t obey it. Wise people are people who know and obey God’s will.

Further more we need to be in prayer for those we love and asked God to to give them spiritual wisdom and understanding. While we can’t force anyone to listen or accept God’s truth we can pray that God will grant them spiritual wisdom. It is still up to them to obey, but how can they obey if don’t know God’s will? Followers of Jesus have an obligation to pray each other.

It isn’t easy to orient our lives to please God. It will require getting rid of my dreams and accepting God’s dreams and it will require obedience to God’s will. Even though it isn’t easy we have to set our lives to do it. The starting point in all of this is prayer.

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