Seeking the pleasure of God

"and find out what pleases the Lord." (Ephesians 5:10).

Seek the pleasure of God in everything you do each and every moment of your life.

Until you seek His pleasures, you will never know the beauty, glory, and power of His presence.

It is very sad today to see Christians trying to please men, rather than God. We are running around and chasing after things that ought to pursue us. Today we seek to be acceptable in the eyes of men. We seek material things – luxurious houses and cars that will make us the envy of our neighbours and colleagues.

The result is that we have become no different from the pagans. Christians today have become slaves to their own desires, and to this worlds system.

The ultimate tragedy is that we have exchanged the glory of God for filthy lucre.

Like our LORD, we ought to live our lives solely to please God. Jesus sought only the pleasure of His Father, which was why He enjoyed His presence like no other.

"The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him"." (John 8:29).

Until you seek His pleasures, you will never know the beauty, glory, and power of His presence.

Faith pleases God

God’s greatest pleasure is to be believed and trusted. In fact, it is impossible to please Him without faith.

"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).

Faith means that when you meet God’s words, you discard human opinion and embrace them.

Think on His promises.

Say them faithfully.

Act on them.

That’s how to pleasure God.

Sanctification pleases God

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship." (Romans 12:1).

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will." (Romans 12:2).

When we dare to separate ourselves from worldly mindsets and patterns, and live holy lives unto the Lord, that pleasures Him.

Sinful and unsanctified living is offensive to God.

The secret to pleasing God

The secret to pleasing God is intimate fellowship with God.

Jesus showed us the perfect example.

"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him," (Mark 1:35-36).

"and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!" Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else- to the nearby villages- so I can preach there also. That is why I have come"." (Mark 1:37-38).

He valued the presence and company of His heavenly Father above that of men.

His very intimate fellowship with God enabled Him to shun the accolade of men, and walk away from human distractions.

Thus He enjoyed an unparalleled manifestation of God’s power and glory on earth.

If we want to please God, and be His instruments for change in this dark and sick world, we must cultivate a deep, and abiding intimacy with God.

We must learn to walk away from human distractions to spend time alone with God.

Prayer

"May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." (Hebrews 13:21).