Pleasing to God

By , June 17, 2019

“…he was commended as one who pleased God.”
Hebrews 11:5 (NIV)

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I recall many years ago as a young pastor I met a man who had been visiting my church recently. We had a pleasant conversation. In the discussion the matter of the church came up. He said to me, “Gordon, I like what is going on in your church.” I was initially happy that was the case.

A few days later I pondered the implications of that comment and it started me thinking. I asked myself the question, “Should it be as important that people like what is going on in church as the issue of God being pleased?” I struggled over that question and slowly came to realize the fact that we should be God pleasers and not people pleasers. As Paul wrote elsewhere concerning his ministry (1 Thessalonians 2:4  NIV),

“We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.”

Thus the real test of our decisions in governing the work of the Lord is to ask ourselves, “Would this action meet with the Lord’s approval?” Never should we be guided by the opinions or preferences of people.

I recall a certain church growth program that advised Christians to canvas the community asking people what they would like to see happen in church and then go ahead and organize the work of the church after the opinions of the unconverted. Then when the people came to church they would feel comfortable and welcome.

Somehow I do not think the Saviour wanted His people to behave after the preferences of the unconverted. Rather, the Lord, by the Holy Spirit, is doing His work of transforming Christians day by day more and more into the image of Christ.

All of us should make it our goal in life to search out what the Lord wants from us and to be busy doing His holy will. Over and over in the Old and New Testaments we read that we must love the Lord and obey His commandments. (Exodus 20:6; Deuteronomy 5:10; 7:9; John 14:15, 21 et al.)

In a survey of evangelical Christians done some years ago it was discovered that most believers could not recite the Ten Commandments nor could they say where the commandments are recorded in Scripture.

We have a long way to go in measuring up to the standard set by the Lord for His people. But with the provision of the Holy Spirit and the resurrection power working in us we are well able to live lives pleasing to the Lord. As the Lord would have it, when we please Him we fulfill our created purpose and end up pleasing ourselves.

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